Request to sell GM foods

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The Sri Lankan National Chamber of Commerce has appealed to the
Health authorities to grant a concessionary period of at least two
months to sell the...

The Sri Lankan National Chamber of Commerce has appealed to the Health authorities to grant a concessionary period of at least two months to sell the already imported genetically modified food stocks, the Sri Lankan Daily News reports. Under the ban, which became effective yesterday, food consignments which do not conform to the new regulations, will be re-exported at the consignee'sexpense. In terms of the regulations, importers are required to furnish a certification authorised by the exporting country's Government, whether the food items were subjected to any GM, using DNA recombinant technology or not. Subject restriction will be soya beans, soya products, corn, maize and corn products, fresh tomatoes as well as tomato based food products, bakers yeast, brewers yeast, beet sugar and microbiological starter cultures used in food items. The NCOC wants Health Department Officers conducting raids to refrain from requesting GM free certifications from retailers and distributors but to obtain the documents from importers or the manufacturers directly. A spokesman fpr the NCOC said that most of the food items imported to Sri Lanka were genetically manipulated one way or another and would cost more if GM free certification was demanded from producers. He added that soya products which were very nutritious may become expensive and out of reach of Sri Lankans as a result of this ban. Source: Sri Lankan Daily News

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