Biotech Updates

Four Companies Receive Permit to Import GM Products in Zambia

July 17, 2019

The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) of Zambia released permits to four companies to import products that may contain genetically modified crops.

According to NBA Chairperson, Dr. Paul Zambezi, the permits were granted to Gatbro Distributors, Pick n Pay, Southern National Import and Export Limited and Choppies Super Stores market, following the decision of the Board on July 5, 2019 in Lusaka.

The NBA Scientific Advisory Committee conducted risk assessments and found that the products that may contain GM crops are safe for human consumption. Thus, they recommended that the Board would release permits. To date, NB has renewed 6 permits for products that may contain GM crops and is reviewing other applications at various stages.

Read the NBA press release for more information.