Briefings to government
June 23, 2021. Comments submitted by the CBAN to the Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada RE: primer on gene editing, in the consultation on proposed new guidance pieces for the Novel Foods Regulations. The primer does not provide a scientific rationale for the regulatory guidance proposals. It does not reflect a rigorous scientific literature review nor the most current scientific knowledge – It is insubstantial, incomplete, imprecise, and inappropriate.
May 11, 2021. Comments submitted by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network to the Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada RE: Consultation: Proposed new guidance pieces for the Novel Foods Regulations, focused on plant breeding. CBAN is writing to object to the regulatory guidance proposals put forward by Health Canada relating to foods from genetically engineered plants.
April 2019. Following testimony from the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network on April 4, 2019. Brief submitted to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food study on “Public Perception of and Public Trust in the Canadian Agricultural Sector”: Three Recommendations for Building Public Trust in Canadian Regulation of Genetic Engineering.
May 2017. Because alfalfa is a perennial plant pollinated by bees, GM contamination of non-GM alfalfa is unavoidable. This briefing is a summary of the routes of contamination with alfalfa as well as documented GM alfalfa contamination incidents.
May 2017. Summary of arguments for mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods in Canada, including polling results. “Mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods is necessary to provide transparency for Canadians.”
April 25, 2017. Just one year after telling the province that its new facility at Rollo Bay would not have any genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) salmon, the company AquaBounty is now asking the PEI government to approve construction of the world’s first GM fish factory.
May 2017. You can share this briefing with your Member of Parliament, or others. A one-page, double-sided summary of the status of GMOs in Canada and the current issues of concern.
CBAN testified at Agriculture Committee hearings on “Genetically Modified Animals for Human Consumption” and provided related information. (October 2016)
October 26, 2015 Comments to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Docket No. APHIS–2015–0070, Changes to Requirements for Field Testing Regulated Genetically Engineered Wheat. Submitted by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and the Organic Agriculture Protection Fund of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate
CBAN has commented multiple times on a draft “Low Level Presence” policy to allow for contamination from unapproved genetically modified foods (2015, 2013, 2011) and has testified before a Parliamentary committee on this issue.