GMOs products confiscated from Food Lovers, Game Stores destroyed
By Staff Reporter
The National Biosafety Authority has destroyed various food products and feed containing Genetically Modified Organisms which were seized last month from Food Lovers, Game Stores and Spar.
The products were seized for not having been subjected to risk assessment by the authority.
NBA Communications Officer Sandra Lombe said that the Authority pounced on the unsuspecting chain supermarkets at East Park, Arcades and Manda Hill Shopping malls in February for selling products of genetically modified organisms which have not been assessed for their safety as food or feed, thereby contravening provisions of the Biosafety Act No 10 of 2007.
Lombe narrated that the products which were destroyed in the presence of Zambia Police officers, and Store representatives include biscuits, chips, soups, spices, soya pieces, cornflakes and assorted crackers, whilst feed included dog and cat food.
“Under the regulation of activities relating to genetically modified organisms of the Section 10 Sub-section 1 of the Biosafety Act clearly states that, a person shall not research on, develop, produce, import, export, transit, carry out any contained use, release or place on the market any genetically modified organism or any product of a genetically modified organism or deal in any manner with any genetically modified organism or a product of a genetically modified organism without the prior approval of the Authority,” she said
She added that the Authority had continued its surveillance, spot and compliance checks also seized some food products from Food Lovers Levy Mall.
“Surveillance, compliance and spot checks are ongoing. We are happy that some chain stores are complying, with a good example being Cheers who were found to be in good books at the time of the spot visit. They had all the permits from their distributors,” said Lombe.
Lombe has disclosed that the NBA has been inspecting laboratories and research facilities with activities involving gene technology in Lusaka Province and these have been found to be complying in terms of biosafety standards with a few non-conformances.
“One laboratory which was found with non- conformances was asked to take corrective measures in order to be compliant,” she added.