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Health Ministers must not leave us 'Eating in the Dark'

11 December 2011
As the Food Regulation Ministerial Council met last week to adopt key recommendations of the National Food Labelling review report, Labelling Logic, Gene Ethics called for the adoption of the review's recommendations to label all foods with no track record in the human food supply. >> download file

Roxon reckless on labelling of novel foods

03 December 2011
The federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon has caved in to the overseas-dominated food processing industry by rejecting the Blewett National Labelling Review recommendation that there be a: “distinctive labelling protocol with regard to new food technologies,” to respond to: "further technological innovations in food production.” >> read more

Food regulator sued for secrecy on food irradiation

14 November 2011
Gene Ethics and the Safe Food Institute vs Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ) was due to be heard in the Federal Magistrates Court in Melbourne at 10.15am today. The applicants claim FSANZ failed to comply with the law that requires it to give complete and clear public notice. FSANZ admits it had also buried its own general revisions to Food Standard 1.5.2 on genetically manipulated foods within another specific application. >> read more

Food security in Commonwealth: GM not the answer

27 October 2011
Why countries are rejecting GM aid - the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) starts in Perth, but GM is not an answer to food security in the 54 Commonwealth member states. >> read more

GM-free benefits all South Australians - the GM canola ban should stay

22 October 2011
Media statement following the call by Business SA for a repeal of the GM ban. >> read more

Japanese send WA 'please explain' on GM canola

10 October 2011
The Japanese Seikatsu Club Consumers Co-operative Union and the Green Co-op Consumers Co-operative Union have written to West Australian Premier Colin Barnett, Food and Agriculture Minister Terry Redman and Co-operative Bulk Handlers (CBH) asking for safeguards on GM-free canola supplies but received no response. A delegation of the co-ops from October 12-18 will seek government and industry action to ensure the continued availability of non-GM canola from WA, the leading Australian canola exporting state. >> download file

FSANZ sued for failure to give public notice

16 September 2011
In Gene Ethics and the Safe Food Institute vs Food Standards Australia NZ (FSANZ), the applicants filed a writ in the federal court in Melbourne today. The court issued directions today for a trial on November 14, 2011 where the applicants will claim FSANZ did not comply with the law which required it to give proper public notice of its application for a general review of irradiation food standard 1.5.3. >> read more

Truck fire spills GM canola at Williams, WA

11 August 2011
Several tonnes of genetically manipulated (GM) canola were spilled at Williams WA this week. A fire split the truck trailer and GM canola seed spilled along the roadway and verges. >> read more

National Food Plan extension welcome but Ludwig sidelines public input

08 August 2011
The deadline for submissions to the National Food Plan has been extended for a month but the Agriculture Minister has broken Gillard Government promises of transparency, fairness and public participation in development of the National Food Plan. >> read more

Grain traders snub GM canola

26 May 2011
Leading grain traders Elders-Toepfer and Glencore Grain have revealed they will refuse to buy any genetically manipulated (GM) canola this year. >> read more

More GM canola contamination confirmed

14 March 2011
Bob Mackley, grain farmer at Duchembegarra, Western Victoria,  has confirmed GM canola contamination on his GM-free farm. >> read more

$50 premium for non-GM canola

08 March 2011
Major grain purchaser Co-operative Bulk Handlers (CBH) confirms that strong demand for non-GM canola has resulted in premiums of $50/tonne over the price for GM canola. >> read more

Labelling report betrays shoppers

01 February 2011
The new national food labeling review report ignores public demand for full labelling of all foods made using GM techniques. >> read more

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