Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan Application for licence for dealings involving intentional release of a genetically modified organism into the environment dir 034/2003 Title: Field Trial of Genetically Modified Cotton



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Abbreviations:

aSubmission from: A: agricultural organisation; C: consumer/public interest organisation; E: environmental organisation; F: food interest organisation; I: individual.

bIssues raised: A: allergenicity; APVMA: issues dealt with by APVMA; D: insufficient data/evidence; EN: environmental risks; FC: food chain; FSANZ: food safety and labelling; GTR: the Gene Technology Regulator; H: human health and safety; IR: insecticide resistance; L: labelling; MA: markets; PU: pesticide use; RA: risk assessment; RM: risk management; SE: socioeconomic impacts; SEG: segregation; T: toxicity; U: unidentified risks; W: weediness.

OSA: outside scope of the assessment; NR: No specific response.


Sub. No:

Typea

Summary of issues raised


Issueb

Consideration in the RARMP

1

A

Uptake of GMOs and their use in the food chain must be accountable, with appropriate labelling of all GMO products and accurate identification to ensure product integrity and consumer confidence.

FC, L

OSA







Cottonseed meal comprises up to 5% of pig’s diet in Australia, and could safely be raised to 20% during feed shortage. Thus, the introduction of GM cotton into the food chain holds strong implications for the pork industry.

FC, MA

OSA







There are risks through partial or complete rejection of animals fed on GM products.

FC, MA

OSA







Introduction of GM cotton may increase the amount of cotton seed meal for use in pig diets provided it becomes cheap. This could improve ingredient supply and could enhance competitiveness in markets where GMOs are not an issue except in current major Asian markets.

FC, MA

OSA







Imperative that tracking, tracing and identity preservation issues are addressed to avoid contamination and ensure that the introduction of GMOs would not impede our export expansion internationally nor negatively impact on our domestic markets.

FC, L, MA, SEG

OSA







While it is beyond the scope of the current RARMP, further research needs to be conducted to improve and expand on-farm food safety systems and to develop effective tracking and tracing and identity preservation systems - from its point of origin through to its final destination, through to the end of the production process.

D, FC, L, SEG, MA

OSA







Need for the cotton growers and policy makers to consider identifying appropriate risk management, tracking and tracing, communication strategies and appropriate labelling, for not just the cotton fibre end product but also for the GM inputs to other industries.

FC, L, SEG, MA

FSANZ, OSA






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