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Top Turkish court suspends GMO import ban

Turkey’s highest court has suspended the implementation of a decree banning the import of genetically modified produce, the US Grains Council reports. The Ministry of Agriculture issued a regulation in October halting the import of produce containing 0.9% of GM material, pending approval by an as-yet non-existent committee ( Agrow No 580, p 19). The Turkish Danistay Court for Government Affairs suspended the ban in early December. The Council says that there is confusion over the start date of the suspension, citing sources who believe the Ministry must implement it immediately or within 30 days. If the Ministry is allowed 30 days before implementing the decision, it will use all 30 days, the Council expects. However, it also notes that the Ministry will work harder to get Parliament’s approval of a biosafety law governing GMOs.

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