GM corn approved for human consumption
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has changed the food safety code, which
allows Monsanto to sell GM corn (intended for animal feed) for human
Corn line LY038 has been engineered to have high levels of the amino acid,
lysine, in combination with high levels of sugar up to four times the amount
found in conventional sweet corn. When fed to livestock it speeds growth and
Standards Australia New Zealand spokeswoman Lydia Buchtmann says Monsanto's
application met all necessary safety requirements. "We're very rigorous in our
safety assessments and in fact we're renowned around the world for how well we
do them," she said.
But a storm is brewing on
both sides of the Tasman over the GM corn's approval for human consumption.
Greenpeace alleges Monsanto wanted the code changed because it expects the GM
animal feedstock to end up in the human food chain. And in New Zealand, Food
Safety Minister Annette King says she is holding off on her final approval while
she seeks further advice.
Food Standards Australia
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