Simplot reportedly applied to bring ‘GM potato products’ into New Zealand

Food from the potato lines that could be imported includes only processed foods such as frozen par-cooked chips, potato ...According to a report published today by NZFarmer.co.nz, “A United States company has applied to export genetically modified potato products into New Zealand, but mystery remains as to exactly what the products are. It is not asking to export GM potato tubers, because no tubers of any sort can come into New Zealand.” The report says that the Soil & Health Association has opposed the application, saying already a large number of genetically engineered foods are on sale in New Zealand, but consumers do not know because labelling laws mean that almost all GE ingredients do not have to be listed on the packaging. Agribusiness company JR Simplot, located in Boise, Idaho, has applied to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the organisation that controls food approvals for New Zealand and Australia, to export what it describes as “six food lines derived from potatoes”. Read report