The Australian and New Zealand food safety body has signalled that it sees no safety problems in the consumption of food from two new GM soy and corn crops.
Monsanto Australia submitted requests for approvals for foods derived from insect-protected soybean MON 87701 GM insect-protected soybean line MON 87701 and drought-tolerant corn line MON87460.
In the former case, the genetic modification involved the transfer of one novel gene into soybean obtained from common soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis. This gene protects the plant against feeding damage caused by certain insect pest larvae.
In the latter, a second approval, the GM corm is intended for cultivation in North America, but Monsanto expects it will be commercialised and used in products imported into Australia and New Zealand.
FSANZ has seen no safety obstacle in either case, and is inviting comments from interested parties.