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New Notes from PBS on Information Requirements for LMO-FFPs

October 8, 2010

Two new notes from the Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS) summarize results from studies on the economic implications of introducing stringent information requirements for shipments of living modified organisms for food, feed or processing (LMO-FFPs) under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety Article 18.2(a).

The first (PBS Note 17) focuses on implementation challenges for Kenya, and shows that the enforcement of "does contain" strict requirements, compared with the default "may contain" option, would create additional costs and challenges in the difficult implementation of import regulations. The second note (PBS Note 18) summarizes a global economic study of the trade and price effects of introducing a strict documentation option in the case of maize. The results show that it would increase maize prices and distort international trade, with significant economic losses in Protocol member countries.

The two notes are available on the IFPRI website: http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/pbsnote17.pdf http://www.ifpri.org/sites/default/files/publications/pbsnote18.pdf