Australian food producers have responded to reports of a new genetically modified onion that does not produce tears by saying that they already make such an onion – and it is not genetically modified.

The Aussie Mild ‘no more tears’ Onion is currently in season. The season lasts from September to April. The onion is grown throughout Australia with harvesting beginning in the Top End and finishing in South Australia. Production is coordinated throughout Australia by growers to ensure long-term supply.

The Aussie Mild Onion is said to be sweeter, fleshier and boast thicker concentric rings than normal types of onions. It is grown with a tailored fertiliser programme, in alluvial soils low in sulphur. The Aussie Mild is grown from unique seed varieties and has been especially bred to give it a mild flavour.

To read our earlier story on the new GM no-tears onion being developed in Japan, click here.