The National Biosafety Authority on Wednesday seized food products containing Genetically Modified Organisms from Game Stores Manda Hill that were placed on the market without a permit.
In its continued Surveillance, Spot and Compliance checks the Authority took away
Bokomo Otees and Jungle Ultra Energy as they were not authorized by the NBA prior to their being brought in the country. Top Class Soups were also grabbed as they did not have a permit to be on the market.
Game Stores brought into the country Bokomo Otees and Jungle Ultra energy without an import permit and a permit to sell the products.
Just like other traders whose products were seized, all Game Stores across the country were directed to immediately remove the named products (Bokomo Otees and Jungle Ultra Energy) from the shelves. Top Class Soups will only be sold when the Stores get copies to place on the market from their suppliers.
An import permit is valid for five years while the permit to place on the market (sell the product) is valid between three to six months to ensure compliance.
And Spar has complied and produced all the necessary permits from its suppliers who include Cold Chain, Zambian Brands, Horizon and Innscor Distributors.
“The supermarket will be allowed to trade in the products which are on the permits as they were previously assessed for safety. However, the Authority will go ahead to destroy all Spar branded GMO products which were seized as they do not have permits.”