July 14, 2005 as reported
by just-food.com: Genetically modified material was identified
in a batch of canola from Victoria, the Australian Broadcasting
According to the news agency, the contamination was found at levels
below Australia’s 0.01 percent presence level allowable for
GM materials in food and has been confirmed by independent tests.
Australian Oilseeds Federation president Warren Burden says there
will be an investigation into how the genetic material was introduced.
"It's been thoroughly assessed and approved for unrestricted
release and does not pose a risk to human health or the Australian
environment," he said.
The detection will not affect normal operations with all relevant
domestic and international customers and industry participants advised.
The Australian Oil Federation will work with the federal and state
governments to decide if further action is required.