DIR 158

Commercial release of safflower genetically modified for high oleic acid composition

Licence details

Licence number:
DIR 158
Licence status:

Go Resources Pty Ltd

Parent organism:

Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.)

Modified trait:

Composition – non-food (processing), Selectable marker – antibiotic

Licence issue date:

This licence allows GO Resources to sell their GM safflower seeds to farmers in Australia. Farmers can grow these GM safflowers anywhere in Australia, unless they farm in an area declared GMO-free for marketing reasons by their State or Territory. Safflower is mainly grown in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.

The GM safflower has been modified so it has more oleic acid in the oil in its seeds. The seeds will be made into an industrial oil and are not intended for human food.  The Regulator has not imposed any specific measures to manage risk, as the risk assessment concluded that this release of the GM safflower poses negligible risks to the health and safety of people or the environment. However, general conditions have been imposed to ensure that there is ongoing oversight of the release. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is responsible for food safety. You can find information on the safety of GM foods on their website.

The risk analysis for this application was carried out in accordance with the Regulator’s Risk Analysis Framework.

Please see our factsheet for more information on GM safflower in Australia.

You can find out more about safflowers and how they are farmed in Australia in our biology document.

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Licence decision - notification

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Licence decision - Q&A

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Risk assessment and risk management plan - summary

A summary of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan prepared as part of the assessment of this application. It provides a brief description of the licence application, the risk assessment and risk management plan.

Risk assessment and risk management plan - full version

The final risk assessment and management plan prepared to support the Regulator's decision. It describes the GMO(s) and proposed work with the GMO(s) and provides an assessment of potential risks posed by the GMO(s). It also includes a summary of submissions received during the public consultation process.

Licence conditions

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