What an idiotic way to put it. No one is “sneaking” food into food at all, just not unnecessarily distinguishing between breeding methods that make no difference to the end product. Consider improved livestock flocks/herds, are they some new variety of critter because their ancestor was the product of artificial insemination or is say, beef still beef? Do you need an additional warning label to tell you that the beast’s grand dam and sire never actually met? Do you actually care that some of the beast’s DNA was once frozen in a plastic straw?
DOZENS of crops genetically engineered to survive herbicide spray are being used in Australian food without the knowledge of consumers.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has approved 43 varieties of genetically modified canola, corn, potato, rice, soybean and sugarbeet for human consumption.
But food items do not have to be labelled as GM if the ingredients are highly processed into oils, starches or sugars.
Meat, milk or eggs produced from animals fed GM crops do not have to be labelled either.
Food Standards has given the green light to a new strain of GM canola and is considering a new application for GM soybeans to be used in Australian food.
The regulator has ruled that GM canola produced by global agribusiness Monsanto is “considered to be as safe for human consumption as food derived from conventional canola cultivars”.
“No public health and safety concerns were identified in this assessment,” Food Standards says in its assessment, released for public comment this week.