Ministry to expose names of unsafe snacks, chocolate products

Underlining that the production of genetically modified food is banned in Turkey, Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mehdi Eker said his ministry would conduct strict inspections.

Ministry to expose names of unsafe snacks, chocolate products

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry will inspect snacks and chocolate products for genetically modified organism (GMO) and will expose the brands that are found to be unsafe based on the ministry's criteria.

The ministry had previously focused on meat and milk products and had inspected about 400,000 factories and production facilities across the country. It subsequently released a detailed report about its findings to the public. It will now focus on snacks and chocolate products.

Underlining that the production of genetically modified food is banned in Turkey, Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Mehdi Eker said his ministry would conduct strict inspections. “We will both expose the names of unsafe products and also fine the factories [that are producing them] TL 11,875 for illegal production. Over 4,500 ministry personnel have been assigned to inspect factories,” he said. The ministry has 40 unaccredited laboratories and 60 accredited laboratories that are all carrying out tests that are in line with agreed international standards, Eker said.

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