Australia's Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR) has issued
license DIR 158, authorizing the commercial release of safflower genetically
modified (GM) for high oleic acid composition.
The GM safflower will be released throughout Australia. The GM safflower and
products derived from it may enter general commerce, for use in industrial
oil production and animal feed. The GM safflower will not be used in human
Both the risk assessment and risk management plan (RARMP) and the license
were finalized after taking into account inputs received during consultation
with the public, State and Territory governments, Australian Government
agencies, the Minister for the Environment, the Gene Technology Technical
Advisory Committee and local councils.