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Thailand, home to early crop biotech research, proposes strict GMO safety, labeling rules

| | August 14, 2019
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Thailand has drafted a new set of regulations for comments, targeting food and food products containing or consisting of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) ….

[T]he Thai FDA said that this measure was being put into place ‘in order to ensure the high level of protection of human health and consumer’s concerns while providing fair marketing​’.​

According to Kasetsart Univesity Department of Agricultural and Research Economics Assistant Professor Orachos Napasintuwong, …. “Thailand was one of the first countries in the region to develop biotechnology industries, [such as with] the establishment of the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) in 1983, and the first field trials of GM [Flavr Savr] tomato in 1994,”​ she wrote on the Food and Fertilizer Technology for APAC site.

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“Nevertheless, at present, Thailand still has not approved any commercialization of GM crops for cultivation, and all open field trials of GM crops were banned after 2001.”​

Read full, original article: Biosafety governance: Thailand’s GMO regulation draft to cover full spectrum of plant, microorganism and animal products

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