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Qatar closes in on GMO biosafety law

Qatar is preparing “the finishing touches” to legislation on imports of genetically modified products, the business newswire, TradeArabia, reports. New biosafety regulations would be based on the Cartagena Protocol and cover among other things the mandatory labelling of GM products. Qatar would be the first country among the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states to introduce such legislation, TradeArabia adds. It set up the National Biosafety Committee in December 2007 to formulate rules and regulations on the import of GMOs and GM food ( Agrow No 534, p 18). The other GCC member states are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman.

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