The National Biosafety Authority NBA has granted four companies new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms GMOs.
NBA Chairperson Paul Zambezi explained that the permits have been granted to Gatbro Distributors, Pick n Pay, Southern National Import and Export Limited and Choppies Super Stores market, following a Board decision at the just ended Board meeting held on 5th July 2019 in Lusaka.
Dr. Zambezi says that in May 2019, the Scientific Advisory Committee of the NBA recommended to the Board the issuance of permits after risk assessment was conducted on the products that may contain GMOs and were found to be safe for human consumption.
He said among the products which Gatbro intends to import include Bokomo Otees, Bokomo Pro- nutro, Instant porridge, Bokomo cornflakes, Bisto and Knor soups.
Pick N Pay will bring in 72 different varieties of food and feed.
Meanwhile the NBA has granted 45 permits (for import and placing on the market), three research permits, registered five Institutional Biosafety Committees, and issued four Non- GM clearance certificates for export from 2016 to date.