Kenya unveils first-ever GMO label, riling activists who want imports banned

| | January 27, 2017
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The government has launched a genetically modified organism labelling mark that will be attached to food products on sale. Willy Tonui, National Biosafety Authority chief executive officer, said the mark will be used on all approved GMOs in Kenya. This is despite the 2012 cabinet ban on such products and the fact that no GMO crop has been commercialised in Kenya yet.

Tonui said the mark is in readiness for future commercialisation of GMO crops and if or when the ban on imports will be lifted.

“The labelling mark seeks to ensure that consumers are made aware that the food, feed or product is genetically modified so that they can make informed choices,” Tonui explained.

“It also facilitates traceability of GM products in Kenya,” he said.

Wanjiru Kamau of the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition said she is jittery about the launch of the GMO labelling mark.

She said that this was suspect since it comes barely few days after the government announced that it is negotiating with Mexico to import maize due to the ongoing drought.

“We still have farmers in Kenya who have maize that the government can buy before using resources to import the food crop,” Kamau said.

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