Turkish gov't announces new bylaw on GMO products

Turkish government announced a new bylaw on genetically-modified organisms (GMO) and products.

Turkish gov't announces new bylaw on GMO products

 

Turkish government announced Friday a new bylaw on genetically-modified organisms (GMO) and products.

New arrangement that will take effect on September 26 includes provisions on import, export, labelling, sales, marketing, inspection, control and processing of GMO products in Turkey.

Under the new GMO bylaw, the ban on use of genetically-modified organisms and products in baby food will continue in line with Biosafety Law. Prohibition on production of genetically-modified plants and animals in Turkey will go on as well.

New arrangements also regulate export and import of GMO products. Accordingly, importer companies must declare an analysis report from an internationally-accredited laboratory or a document on gene type and amount of GMO or products.

Import of GMO and products will be allowed following tests of Turkish Ministry of Agriculture.

GMO and products to be used in non-food products will be allowed following cooperation with relevant ministries or public institutions.

Producers must put a warning on labels of food that include genetically-modified organisms. These warning messages must read "genetically-modified" or "produced from genetically-modified..." or "contains genetically-modified..." or "contains... produced from genetically-modified..."

If a GMO food's combination or nutrition facts are different than its equivalent, consumers must be warned against any health risks on labelling.

Labelling of feed must be made the same way.

The new regulation replaces last year's regulation on GMO and products enacted and sparked public controversy before legislation of Biosafety Law.

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