General News of Monday, 17 June 2019Source: Myjoyonline.comNew law to regulate GM foods laid in Parliament for approvalParliament of GhanaA new law that will help regulate the introduction of Genetically Modified (GMO) foods in Ghana has been laid in parliament for approval. The Biosafety (Management of Biotechnology) Regulations, 2019, a Legislative Instrument, is awaiting approval after it was referred to the Subsidiary Legislation Committee for consideration. In an accompanying “secret” memorandum to parliament, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng requested that the 275 MPs approve the Biosafety Regulations to make the Biosafety Act 2011 (Act 831) implementable. The Biosafety Regulations laid in the house operationalizes the parent law, the National Biosafety Act 2011 that was approved by parliament 8 years ago to allow for the introduction of GMOs into Ghana’s food chain. “Biotech also creates foods with better texture, flavour and enhanced nutritional value and foods with a longer shelf life for shipping.
Source: GhanaWeb June 17, 2019 19:41 UTC