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GM labelling desperately needed

The Australian Greens today renewed calls for a halt on all Genetically Modified food approvals until they are fully tested for safe human consumption and rigorous national labelling laws are in place.

"Senate Estimates last night confirmed that FSANZ doesn't independently assess the safety of GM products but relies on company data," said Senator Rachel Siewert Greens spokesperson today.

"Regulation of GM in this country is grossly inadequate and highlights why it is so important to maintain the moratorium on GM crops," she said.

"The Greens support the WA Government's demand for better labelling and call on Premier Carpenter to put labelling of GM foods on the agenda for the Ministerial Council in October this year."

"The NSW Government has attempted to justify their release of GM by saying that 'strict labelling laws will be in place' - but questioning in Estimates reveals that NSW had not raised the issue of GM labelling at the Ministerial Council meeting held in early May and they cannot act alone under Federal labelling laws," she said.

"Even if there was a national agreement to put in place labelling standards, it would still take two years or more to implement."

"Until such a system is in place, we simply should not be approving the use of GM crops anywhere in the country," she concluded.

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