The National Biosafety Authority (NBA-Zambia) has confiscated food products worth over K 21,000 containing Genetically Modified Organisms which were being sold without permits in some Supermarkets in Lusaka.
The Authority accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Health, Lusaka City Council and the police swung into action and pounced on the unsuspecting chain supermarkets.
NBA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Lackson Tonga said the move was necessitated after the Authority discovered that some of the merchandise which were products of GMO crops were being sold without prior approval of the NBA. Among the food products confiscated include Choppies instant maize porridge of different flavours, Choppies Corn Flakes and Choppies soups also of different flavours.
The goods will be discarded according to the law. However, the similar goods worth millions of kwacha have since been withdrawn from the shelves from all Choppies Supermarkets countrywide until a permit obtained from the Authority for such products to be put back on shelves. And the Authority will subject other samples collected to laboratory tests to ascertain whether or not they contain genetically modified organisms.