The National Biosafety Authority has seized various food products and feed containing Genetically Modified Organisms from Food Lovers and Spar which were being sold without permits from the Authority.
Some of the confiscated products were imported into the country ‘illegally’.
The Authority pounced on the unsuspecting chain supermarkets at East Park and Arcades Shopping malls on Tuesday afternoon for selling products containing genetically modified organisms which have not been assessed for their safety as food and feed, thereby contravening provisions of the Biosafety Act No 10 of 2007.
Under the regulation of activities relating to genetically modified organisms of the Section 10 Sub-section 1 of the Biosafety Act, it clearly stated 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.”
The two chain supermarkets were found wanting and as such the Authority had to seize the various food products which will be destroyed in accordance with the law.