The object of the gene technology legislation is to protect the health and safety of people, and the environment, by identifying risks posed by or as a result of gene technology, and by managing those risks through regulating certain dealings with genetically modified organisms.
The Minister for Health has responsibility for the SA Gene Technology Act and Regulations.
Genetically Modified Products
Genetically modified products are derived or produced from genetically modified organisms which are not alive. These products include food, medicines, agricultural and industrial chemicals. For example, a purified protein derived from a genetically modified bacteria.
The use of genetically modified products is regulated by other agencies, such as the:
Genetically modified products are only regulated under gene technology legislation if there is no existing product regulator.
Genetically Modified Food
Genetically modified food contains an ingredient which is, produced using gene technology.
Food must be labelled as 'genetically modified' if it:
contains novel DNA and/or novel protein
has altered characteristics.
Many highly processed foods such as oils are not required to be labelled as 'genitally modified'.
Standard 1.5.2 in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code sets out permissions and conditions for the sale and use of genetically modified food. These include labelling and other specific information requirements for foods produced using gene technology.
As part of the national system, South Australia contributes to the assessment of these foods for safety and labelling issues.
Any plant or plant material that forms part of a genetically modified food crop grown outside of South Australia is not permitted to enter South Australia. This includes:
seed for planting
harvested seed for cleaning
harvested grain for processing or export
Any person found guilty of bringing genetically modified food crops (which includes any plant or plant material that forms part of a genetically modified food crop) grown outside South Australia can be fined up to $200,000.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries has responsibility for the Genetically Modified Crops Management Act and Regulations.
You can search through to find related information.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Genetically modified food
All you need to know about genetically modified food, focusing on regulations and labellingGM products
Genetically modified (GM) crops (Primary Industries and Regions
Third Review of the National Gene Technology Scheme
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