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GE Free NZ speaks out against approval of GE potatoes

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Staff Writer | October 3, 2017
GE Free NZ told their position on the decision to allow GE potatoes into New Zealand.
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"Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a trans-Tasman regulatory body, has approved 6 lines of GE potatoes (A1139) carrying genes from viruses and bacteria to stop discoloration and alter vital nutritional components.

"The NZ Minister for Food Safety has let down NZ consumers yet again by failing to carry out a thorough public safety evaluation.

"The joint submission from GE-Free NZ and Soil and Health highlighted many studies that show harm from eating GE foods, which FSANZ has dismissed and ignored.

"The FSANZ decision states, 'No public health and safety concerns have been identified in relation to food derived from the potatoes developed by the Applicant.'

"This statement is highly misleading and contravenes a “duty of care” to the consumer. FSANZ openly acknowledges it does not require feeding trials or genomics testing.

"How can FSANZ give consumers an assurance of safety when they do not require any animal or human feeding studies? There is no evidence that the potatoes are safe to eat," said Claire Bleakley, president of GE-Free NZ.

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