GMO PRODUCTS, ACTIVITIES UNDER SCRUTINY

By NATION REPORTER
ZAMBIA now has the capacity to regulate activities involving Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) products, says National Biosafety Authority (NBA) registrar Lackson Tonga.
Mr Tonga said the board of the authority has since appointed a competent scientific advisory committee (SAC) which would carry out risk assessment on all applications for permits to import GMO products.
He said that NBA was a regulatory authority that did not hinder nor promote GMOs but rather, regulateed the application, contained use, development and research in judicious way.
He was speaking during the official opening of the second biosafety clearing house III project (BCHIII) workshop held at Fairmount Hotel in Livingstone on Wednesday.
Mr. Tonga told participants drawn from selected districts across Zambia that the authority was a statutory body established under the biosafety Act No. 10 of 2007 whose mandate was to regulate the research, development, application, import, export, transit or placing on the market of any GMO products whether intended for use as human food or feed for livestock.
“The country is now able to monitor and ensure safety for humans, animals and environment,” said Mr. Tonga.

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