The day before the Federal election was called, the Australian Government announced and enacted the deregulation of a range of new genetic modification (GM) techniques referred to as Site Directed Nucleases 1 (SDN-1). These include certain uses of CRISPR. Our food regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has also proposed leaving these risky new GM techniques unregulated. However, if these techniques are deregulated in Australia before being approved in key export markets, the market impacts could be catastrophic.

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