FG bans sale of GM products


By Mashe Umaru Gwamna

he National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has issued a warning to Super-stores operators in Nigeria to withdraw all Genetically Modified (GM) products from their shelves within the next 7 days or face sanctions from the regulatory body.

The Director -General of the Agency, Dr. Rufus Ebegba,gave the warning during a meeting with the representatives of Super-Stores operatives recently in Abuja.

Dr. Ebegba said the meeting is aimed at creating awareness amongst the operators on the Biosafety Regulations guiding the importation of GM products into the country.

A statement signed by the Head Press,Ovuakporie Efe said the warning became imperative against the backdrop that most of the Super-stores get their supplies from countries that have long adopted the production and sales of Genetically Modified foods.

He stated that the Agency had received complaints from Nigerians that some of these stores may have been selling GM foods.

The statement also emphasised that the consequences of dealing with such sales of GM products after the expiration of the 7 days ultimatum may be very dare as the warning is not without legal backing.

He therefore used the occasion to call on the operators to formalize their dealings by obtaining the necessary permits.


Source: Today Trending News




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