Food Standards The Australia New Zealand Food Authority advises progress on the following matters relating to food standards. You can get further information on each of these matters, (including advice on the authority's policy regarding submissions where applicable), from the ANZFA website www.anzfa.govt.nz or from: The Information Officer Australia New Zealand Food Authority P.O. Box 10559 Wellington Telephone: (04) 473 9942 Facsimile: (04) 473 9855 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org A Proposed New Standard for Genetically Modified Foods On Friday, 22 October 1999, Australian and New Zealand Health Ministers considered a draft new standard for genetically modified foods (GMF), which incorporates labelling for all GMFs. Ministers asked that the draft standard be publicly released. Written submissions on the draft standard should be received by Wednesday, 15 December 1999. Call for Submissions Applications to Approve Certain Genetically Modified Foods The authority has made preliminary assessments of the following applications for genetically modified foods, accepted them for further consideration and will now make full assessments of them. The foods will be assessed for safety for human consumption in accordance with the authority's approved safety assessment criteria. To assist in this process you are invited to present written submissions to the authority, including the potential regulatory impact on consumers, industry and government, by Wednesday, 12 January 2000. Food from Glufosinate Ammonium tolerant Canola (A372). Food from Glufosinate Ammonium tolerant Corn (A375). Food from Glyphosate tolerant Sugar Beet (A378). Food from Bromoxynil tolerant Cotton (A379). Food from DBT-418 Corn (A380). Food from DLL-25 Corn (A381). Food from New Leaf Potatoes (A382). Food from New Leaf Plus Potatoes (A383). Food from New Leaf Y Potatoes (A384). Food from BT(176) Maize (A385). Food from BT(11) Maize (A386). Food from High Oleic Soybeans (A387). Food from Bromoxynil tolerant Canola (A388). Call for Submissions Inquiry Into a Previous Decision Relating to Genetically Modified Foods (Proposal P200). The authority previously made a recommendation to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council under section 37 of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority Act 1991 relating to the exemption of foods from the commencement date of Standard A18 Foods Produced Using Gene Technology. This involved the authority making a recommendation to the council as a matter of urgency and to omit to carry out public consultation at that time. The authority is now bound to undertake an inquiry into the recommendation, and you are now invited to present written submissions to the Authority on this matter by Wednesday, 15 December 1999. Call for Submissions Applications. The authority has made a preliminary assessment, accepted the following application for further consideration and will now make a full assessment of it. You are invited to present written submissions to the authority, including the potential regulatory impact on consumers, industry and government, by Wednesday, 15 December 1999. Sulphur Dioxide on Fresh Cut Avocados (A391). An application to extend the use of the preservative sulphur dioxide in fresh-cut avocado. Matters Before Council The authority has completed inquiries into the variations to standards prepared at full assessment of the following applications and has made recommendations to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Council that the variations be adopted into the Food Standards Code. RoundUp Ready Soybeans (A338). Swiss Raw Milk Cheeses (A357). In addition the authority has recommended to the council that a previous recommendation made to the council be varied due to a typographical error: Use of Erythritol in Food (A350).