Handling an unintentional presence of genetically modified (GM) crops
The probability of unapproved genetically modified organisms gaining entry to Australia is low. But it is possible that unapproved GM crops could be present as trace amounts in conventional imports, leading to the unintended presence of unapproved GMOs in Australia.
The unintended presence could be in the same type of seed, eg traces of GM soybean in a nonGM soybean shipment, or a contamination with another seed, eg GM canola in a non-GM soybean shipment. While a small number of GM crops are approved for commercial release in Australia (a number of types of carnation, cotton, canola and safflower), other countries have approved commercial use of many more GM crops.