New Zealand has strong grounds for rejecting the application to make GM lysine corn a legal food. Significant health risks remain untested and the credibility of New Zealand’s food safety regulation will be eroded unless it stands aside from the current assessment report.

The Trans-Tasman food safety regulator, FSANZ, has cleared the lysine corn for approval, but aspects of the assessment conducted by FSANZ raise serious concerns according to a detailed review by the Sustainability Council. While FSANZ states that it takes “an explicitly cautious approach” to food safety, the Sustainability Council does not believe this was the case for the assessment of LY038.

Read the report: Food Safety Credibility