watchdog yesterday backed genetically modified foods, saying they were as good as their natural counterparts.
The acting managing director of the Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA), Greg Roche, said many scientific studies had shown GM foods were safe and free of allergens. The authority's backing came as the Royal Society of Great Britain released a study that found there was no scientific evidence to back claims GM foods posed a health threat to consumers. ANZFA released for public comment two new proposals to sell GM foods to the general public.
Monsanto has sought approval to release genetically modified corn, while Aventis wants approval to sell GM canola oil. Both products have been genetically modified to make them resistant to herbicides. The corn is also resistant to an insect.