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NOTICE TO ALL IMPORTERS

Unauthorized Importation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into Kenya?++Read More

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NOTICE TO ALL IMPORTERS

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) was established to exercise general supervision and control over the development, transfer, handling and use of GMOs with a view to ensuring safety of human and animal health and provision of an adequate level of protection of the environment. The Biosafety Act, No. 2 of 2009, Section 52(a) provides that any person who imports, places on the market a GMO without the approval of the Authority commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding twenty million shillings, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or both.

We wish to notify the importers and all other stakeholders that it is illegal to handle or import any food containing a genetically modified organism (GMO) into Kenya without NBA Approval. The Government of Kenya on 8th November 2012 through a Cabinet decision instituted a ban on importation of all GM food into the country. The ban is still in force.

Contrary to the law and the ban, the Authority in its routine surveillance has come across unauthorized importation of Knorr Aromat, certain brand of cornflakes, cereals, popcorns and other corn-based products declared to contain GMOs and we have taken necessary measures as per the law. The Authority has recalled some of the products from the shelves and importers who have flouted the law have cases going on in courts.

All regulatory agencies involved in the clearance of cargo at ports and all entry points should be aware and are required to enforce the same measures at all entry points.

For more information please visit our www.biosafetykenya.go.ke or our offices in Nairobi-Gigiri, Mombasa, Namanga, JKIA and Busia/Malaba for a list of commercialized GMOs worldwide. You may also report any concerns and illegal GMOs by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 0713854132 or 020-2678667.

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LIST OF GM CROPS AND WHERE THEY ARE CURRENTLY CULTIVATED OR WHERE APPROVAL HAS BEEN GRANTED FOR USE AS FOOD, FEED, PROCESSING, OR ENVIRONMENTAL RELEASE AS AT 30TH JUNE 2014

GM Crop

Country where an approval has been issued or where cultivated

Maize

Argentina, Australia ,Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cuba, El

Salvador, Czech Republic, European Union, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Uruguay

Africa ? Egypt, South Africa

Soybean

Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile,

China, Colombia, Costa Rica, European Union, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand1, Paraguay, Philippines, Russian Federation, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States of America, Uruguay

Africa ? South Africa

Cotton

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, European Union, India, Japan, Mexico1, Myanmar, New Zealand,

Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, South Korea, United States of America

Africa - Burkina Faso, South Africa, Sudan

Canola

Australia, Canada, Chile, China, European Union, Japan, Mexico, New

Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, United States of

America

Rice

Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Iran, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand,

Philippines, Russian Federation, South Africa, United States of America

Sugar

Beet

Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, European Union, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Russian Federation1, South Korea, United

States of America

Potato.

Australia, Canada, European Union, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand,

Philippines, Russian Federation, South Korea, United States of America

Alfalfa

Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, South

Korea, United States of America

Carnation

Australia, Colombia, Japan, Norway

Papaya

Canada, China, Japan, United States of America

Rose

Australia, Colombia, Japan, United States of America

Wheat

Canada , Colombia, New Zealand, United States of America

Tomato

Canada, China, Mexico, United States of America

Flax

Canada, Colombia, United States of America

Squash

Canada, United States of America

Bean

Brazil

Chicory

United States of America

Creeping

Bent grass

United States of America

Eggplant

Bangladesh

Lentil

Canada

Melon

United States of America

Plum

United States of America

Polish

canola

Canada

Poplar

China

Sugarcane

Indonesia

Sunflower

Canada

Sweet

pepper

China

Tobacco

United States of America

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