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Peru issues biosafety law

Peru has approved its biosafety law. The government issued Decree 003/2011 in April, authorising biosafety regulations for the development of activities with living modified organisms and derived products. The regulations have been on the table since 1999, when biosafety legislation was approved by Parliament, PeruBiotec Association member Javier Verástegui told newswire AgBioWorld. The Decree paves the way for the commercialisation of GM crops. The Ministry of Agriculture had indicated that the biosafety legislation was to have been issued by the end of 2008 ( Agrow No 551, p 19). But there was resistance from the Ministry of the Environment. Peru’s lower house of Parliament approved a bill last year seeking a 15-year moratorium on GMO imports ( Agrow No 595, p 17).

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