FSANZ CEO Mark Booth said the soybean has been genetically modified to be resistant to a range of pests and a herbicide and may be used in a range of products including soy flour, vegetable oils, and plant-based dairy and meat products.
âBefore any GM food can be sold as a food in Australia and New Zealand, it must undergo a comprehensive pre-market safety assessment.
âThe safety assessment looks at a range of factors, including any allergy risks or other unintended changes as a result of the genetic modification to ensure it is safe.
âOur safety assessment found there are no public health or safety risks from the GM soybean and that it is as safe as food derived from conventional soybeans.
âWe have determined that these types of products, if approved, must be labelled as 'genetically modified' if there is novel DNA or protein present in the final food," Mr Booth said.
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