Biotech Updates

Africabio CEO Says GM Foods in South Africa is Safe

July 10, 2013

Dr. Nompumelelo Obokoh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AfricaBio has claimed that genetically modified (GM) crops are the most extensively tested food crops today as they are tightly regulated both before they reach the marketplace and once they are commercialized. This thus ensures that they are at least as safe, if not safer, than conventional foods.

Obokoh added that genetic modification has assisted smallholder and commercial farmers in South Africa with good yields, increased income, and contributed to job creation and food security. With the government of South Africa passing the GMO Act 15 under the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in 1997 and ammended in 2007 to comply with international biosafety standards, Obokoh reiterated that all the GM crops commercialized in the country were stringently tested for human, animal, and environmental safety.

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