February 15, 2018 – Malaysia approved the Innate potato event E12 (stacked PQ) for food and feed use.
February 14, 2018 – Australia approved the cotton event COT102 (IR) for commercial cultivation.
February 13, 2018 – Australia approved the new DHA Canola (PQ) for commercial cultivation. This new canola event has an altered omega-3 oil content.
January 31, 2018 – Canada approved the canola event MS11 for commercial cultivation (food, feed, and planting).
January 30, 2018 – Canada approved the Arctic™ Fuji Apple (NF872) for commercial cultivation.
For more updates, visit the GM Approval Database.
The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code has been amended to include food derived from provitamin A rice line GR2E (Golden Rice), a beta-carotene biofortified genetically modified (GM) rice under development at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). The publication of the Food Standards variance in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, on 22 February 2018, marks completion of the regulatory process under Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).
FSANZ is responsible for carrying out safety assessments of GM foods on behalf of the Australian Government, the state and territory governments of Australia, and the Government of New Zealand. Upon completion of its assessment of GR2E rice, FSANZ concluded that “no potential public health and safety concerns have been identified in the assessment of GR2E. On the basis of the data provided in the present application, and other available information, food derived from GR2E is considered to be as safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional rice varieties.”