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Crop Biotech Update

USDA FAS Releases Turkey Agri-biotech Report

May 20, 2015

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released the 2015 Agricultural Biotechnology Report for Turkey. According to the report, there are 150 violations of the Biosafety Law of Turkey, some under the charge of biological terror. Turkey has amended its regulation in 2014 to remove some liability for responsible parties due to "contamination" or low level presence.

The approvals of two biotech events (MON810 and MON88017x MON810) were suspended in 2013 by the High Court, which led to increased number of violations. Furthermore, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock suspended the approval for NK603 x MON810 because of limitations in testing. Therefore, at present, Turkey has not approved any biotech traits for food use.

Details of the report can be seen at USDA FAS.