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Namibia to publish GMO guidelines

Namibia is close to finalising draft regulations to accompany its Biosafety Act, the national newswire, New Era, reports. The guidelines are to cover the field trials, contained use, general release onto the market and transport of genetically modified organisms. The country’s Biosafety Act was passed in late 2006. It governs the import, export, labelling, release, risks and use of GM crops ( Agrow No 508, p 21). A simplified version of the Act, the Biosafety Act Manual, has been compiled, New Era adds. It includes brochures in six Namibian languages on foods containing GMOs, GM crops, GMO testing, training and research at the University of Namibia and Namibia Biotechnology Alliance. The country is a Party to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety.

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