Shoprite gets go-ahead to import GM food

ZAMBIA – The National Bio-safety Authority (NBA) has granted Shoprite permission to start importing foodstuff that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

In compliance with the NBA Bio-safety Act No. 10 of 2007, subject to statutory instrument (SI) No 42 of 2010, and subject to securing an importation permit, Shoprite last year applied to the authority to start the importation of various food products, which contain, or may contain, genetically modified soya.

According to a statement availed to the Daily Mail yesterday, it stated that NBA decided to grant Shoprite the permit to start importing GMO foodstuff following a successful compliance application.

“In this regard, the NBA wishes to inform members of the public that African Supermarkets T/A Shoprite has been granted a permit to import food that may contain GMOs with effect from April 5, 2015, following the company’s successful compliance provisions of the bio-safety Act No. 10 of 2007,” the statement says.

Among foodstuff that the company will be importing are bacon, chocolate, Robertson’s spices, Aromat seasoning, Knorr soup and Pronutro cereals.

April 19, 2016; https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/?p=63757

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