Good morning all,

We welcome to this press briefing. We called you so we could update you on some latest developments.

We have granted three distributors new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms (gmos). This decision was arrived at after a risk assessment was conducted by the scientific advisory committee who later recommended to the board for permit issuance after finding the various products to be safe for the human, animals and the environment.

The three applicants are cold chain, horizon and innscor distributors who were among 12 retailers, wholesalers and distributors that applied for new and renewal permits.