Biotech Updates

Peru to Prohibit Importation of GM Seeds

March 5, 2010

Peru's Environment Minister Antonio Brack said that the ministry will publish a new regulation that will prohibit the entry of genetically modified seeds in the country until 2014. Brack said that the planned moratorium was approved after three years of consultation with stakeholders, including a public consultation conducted by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Environment Minister noted that it will take sometime for relevant ministries, the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) and the National Institution of Agricultural Research and Extension (INIA), to make the necessary adjustments for the regulation. INIA and MINAG will be in charge of monitoring imported seeds for the presence of GMOs.

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