TJ Higgins Responds to Letter from Jeffrey Smith About GM Peas

February 09, 2006

Dear Jeffrey

Thank you for your letter and for providing a copy of your article.

I stand by my claim that the Australian regulatory system works. CSIRO had approached Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) seeking advice on the kind of data it would need to consider the GM alpha-amylase inhibitor field peas should we put them forward for commercial release. FSANZ advised CSIRO it would require in particular full characterisation of the pea form of the bean protein and data indicating its potential for toxicity and allergenicity. It was out of these requirements that we conducted our research, with each step leading us to explore further so as to be able to provide a full set of data.

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