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Wednesday, 21 August 1996
Page: 2744

We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Australia, call on all Senators to support implementation of the following:

   a requirement to label with the production process, all foods from genetic engineering technologies or containing their products;

   real public participation in decisions on whether to allow commercialisation of foods, additives and processing agents produced by gene technologies;

   premarket human trials and strict safety rules on these foods, to assess production processes as well as the end products.

Precedents which support our petition include several examples of foods already labelled with the processes of production; irradiated foods (here and internationally); certified organic foods; and many conventional foods (pasteurised; salt-reduced; free-range; vitamin-enriched; to name only a few).

We ask you all to accord a high priority to supporting and implementing our petition.