WINDHOEK: The Namibian Agronomic Board (NAB) is pleading with Government to implement the Biosafety Act, which governs the use of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO).
This comes after some maize products currently on the market were found to contain GMOs.
NAB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chris Brock told Nampa yesterday it is the responsibility of the Ministry of Education’s National Commission on Research, Science and Technology to implement that law.
He said the NAB fully agrees with the Namibia Consumer Trust (NCT) that it is wrong to have GMOs in products on the shelves, adding that if so, it is important that it should be labelled as GMO for the consumer to have a choice.
The NCT recently sent some samples of three maize-based products for testing in a lab at the University of the Free State in South Africa.
That test revealed Ace Instant porridge contains 56,82 per cent GM maize, while White Star Maize contains 2,75 per cent GM maize, and Top Score maize meal contains 1,09 per cent GM maize.