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Kenyan Min Ag official doubts GMO ban legality

A Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture official has raised doubts on the legality of last year’s ban on the sale of food containing genetically modified material, and on the import of GM crops, SciDev reports. The government issued a decree in November detailing the bans followed by the Ministry of Public Health seeking to enforce them (Agrow No 654, p 18). Romano Kiome, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, reportedly says that the ban cannot be enforced because it was imposed by the cabinet, which has no authority in law to do so. He suggests that the move by the previous President was political, and  the 2009 established Biosafety Authority "is the only body legally mandated to manage GMOs and could not be bypassed by the cabinet". The bans had not been posted in the official gazette, which publishes new laws, SciDev added.

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