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Genetically Modified Products Regulated in Vietnam

The Ministry of Health of Vietnam was tasked by the government to draft a decree that aims to better regulate genetically modified organisms. The decree would authorize the ministry to grant license on GM products before they can be sold in Vietnam. GM products would only receive licenses if they are shown to have already been commercialized with their safety proven in at least five countries. Imported GM products for food processing would require certificates of free sale and certificates on food hygiene and safety from their country of origin.

"Vietnam has imported genetically modified food during the past few years and the nation has not banned the import of such products," Nguyen Quoc Binh, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Biotechnology Centre, said, adding that GM imports have yet to be regulated so enterprises can distinguish them from non-GM products.

Currently, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has licensed four scientific agencies and one company to engage in GM tests on better strains of cotton and corn crops in the country.

Details on the news can be seen at http://en.vietnamplus.vn/Home/Genetically-modified-products-regulated/20113/16588.vnplus


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