Smartstax GE Corn Leaves Food Standards Authority in Disarray
The Food Standards Authority Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is in disarray, issuing conflicting reports that are vague
and elusive, over the entry into the food chain of a new Monsanto/Dow Chemical pesticide filled GE corn variety,
“Genuity Smartstax”. The new variety of corn is "stacked" with a combination of six different insecticidal and two
herbicide tolerant genes that have never been assessed. 
In Australia, FSANZ has given MADGE  an understanding that Smartstax has been approved even though the levels of the
pesticides being produced in the corn are unknown, safety parameters for human ingestion have never been set, and
despite the scientific evidence that the combination of different gene insertions could produce further chemical or
"Replies to Freedom of Information Act requests by GE Free NZ to FSANZ reveal the Authority is unclear whether Smartstax
has been regulated to enter the food chain, claiming they have no information,"  says Claire Bleakley from GE Free NZ
in food and environment.
“But in further correspondence they claim it does not require assessment because approval had previously been given for
the individual genetic modifications. Such an approach cannot be scientifically justified and presents a new level of
threat to food safety.”
The International Codex Alimentarius rules  and the FSANZ standard 1.5.2 -1 (b) clearly states that any plant that
has been genetically engineered or any plant that is derived or descended from a GE parent line even if conventionally
bred has to be assessed for safety. 
“Smartstax has been engineered in the laboratory to contain the stacked genes with a toxic cocktail of traits that can
have unique combined effects irrespective of reassurances that individual genes have been assessed for safety” said Mrs.
The Smartsatx corn is being grown on 4 million acres in the Corn Belt of America and the chemical cocktail of Bt
insecticides kill caterpillars and release the Bt toxin to kill soil micro organisms below ground. The corn survives
being sprayed with high levels of herbicides that are absorbed into the grain, and which cannot be washed off or boiled
American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) called for a moratorium; implementation of long term safety testing
with epidemiological research and methods to determining the effects of GE foods on human health. They asked Physicians
to educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM foods when possible.
“â€¦GM foods pose a serious health risk in the areas of toxicology, allergy and immune function, reproductive health,
and metabolic, physiologic and genetic health and are without benefit.” 
“As FSANZ has not regulated the Smartstax corn it must not allow it any where near our food supply as it could severely
harm consumer’s health. The corn produces high levels of toxic insecticides which have been linked to damage to internal
organs, digestive complications, sterility, allergies and sudden deaths ," says Claire Bleakley. “There are still no
diagnostic tools to detect if rising levels of allergies, digestive irritability and skin diseases could be attributable
to the increasing levels of GE in our diet.”
“The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is mandated to evaluate any genetically engineered food and assess its
safety. Its mission statement is to protect the health of the public, and they must immediately uphold public safety and
stop the corn product from entering our food supply”.
 Responses to GE Free NZ requests from the FSANZ Acting General Counsel state:
“â€¦FSANZ has previously approved all of the parental plant lines that have been used to conventionally breed Smartstax
variety, under FSANZ’s rules conventionally bred progeny of approved GE lines do not require specific approval”.
 GUIDELINE FOR THE CONDUCT OF FOOD SAFETY ASSESSMENT OF FOODS DERIVED FROM RECOMBINANT-DNA PLANT; CAC/GL 45-2003;
Paragraph 14. [..]. Unintended effects in recombinant-DNA plants may also arise through the insertion of DNA sequences
and/or they may arise through subsequent conventional breeding of the recombinant-DNA plant. Safety assessment should
include data and information to reduce the possibility that a food derived from a recombinant-DNA plant would have an
unexpected, adverse effect on human health.
 FSANZ standard 1.5.2 under the definition 1(b), 1(b)(ii) 1(b)(i) http://www.foodstandards.gov.au/_srcfiles/Standard_1_5_2_GM_v116.pdf
 Position paper on Genetically Modified Foods. American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM), 2009, http://www.aaemonline.org/gmopost.html
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