Policy & Issues

Genetically Modified Organisms

It is the Australian wine industry’s position that no genetically modified organisms, as defined under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Standard 1.5.2: Food Produced Using Gene Technology) be used in the production of wine. 

This includes additives or processing aids defined as genetically modified foods according to Standard 1.5.2. 

Standard 1.5.2 sets down the criteria for defining a genetically modified food by addressing thresholds for formulation and refining processes to remove novel DNA and novel proteins. Underpinning Australian wine is a culture of innovation and a willingness to improve the way grapes are grown and wine is made. 

The industry will therefore continue to explore new developments in all areas of science but will only apply these new practices commercially when there are clear consumer benefits and public acceptance of the practices.

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