▲ Up
 
18:14 26-09-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Steady increase in incidents of genetically modified crops found in traded food, FAO reports

Bishkek (AKIpress) - fe097dfd935510dd74ddc379cf9fd0e1 As a result of the increased production of genetically modified crops worldwide, the United Nations food agency warns in a ground-breaking survey that an increasing number of incidents of low levels of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are being reported in traded food and feed.

“The incidents have led to trade disruptions between countries with shipments of grain, cereal and other crops being blocked by importing countries and destroyed or returned to the country of origin,” said the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a news release, explaining that with no international agreement defining or quantifying “low levels”, interpretation varies from country to country.

In some countries, it is interpreted as any level at which detection is possible, meaning very low or “trace levels” while in other countries case-by-case decisions are taken on what level is acceptable. These variable standards are why some importing countries are legally obligated to reject certain shipments that were perfectly legal in the exporting country.

FAO surveyed a total of 75 States on questions on low levels of GM crops in international food and animal feed trade. Respondents reported 198 such incidents between 2002 and 2012, with a steep acceleration after 2009.

"The numbers of incidents are small relative to the millions of tonnes of food and feed traded every day," said Renata Clarke, FAO Senior Food Safety Officer in charge of the survey. "But because trade disruptions may be very costly, and given the reported increase in the occurrence of these disruptions, FAO conducted this survey and is holding a technical consultation to try to start a dialogue between countries on the issue," she stressed.

The first-ever survey also revealed that the highest number of incidents involved linseed, rice, maize and papaya, and that shipments with low levels of GM crops originated mainly from the US, Canada and China, among other countries. Once detected most shipments are destroyed or returned to sender.

"We were surprised to see incidents from every region," Ms. Clarke said. "It seems the more testing and more monitoring they do, the more incidents they find."

The survey explains that 37 out of 75 countries responded that they have little to no capacity to detect GMOs, meaning that “they don't have the laboratories, technicians, and equipment to do so." As testing technology is more sensitive now, “many countries have asked FAO to help improve their capacity to detect GMOs."

The survey results are to be discussed at an FAO-led technical consultation in Rome on 20 and 21 March, to review the extent and pattern of trade disruptions caused by the contaminated shipments. The meeting will discuss trade issues related to low levels of GM crops, but will not debate pros and cons of GM crops, FAO stressed in the news release.

"In the survey, countries also asked us to help them assess whether GM crops are safe to eat and we would like to see countries sharing any scientific findings they have on the subject," said Ms. Clarke, adding that a platform had been established for that purpose.


Twitterfacebookprint
14:42 15.03.2014
LATEST NEWS
18:01 Tajik athlete wins bronze at Asian Beach Games17:36 Business forum in Batken to bring together apricot farmers and international buyers17:33 Uzbekistan, Kuwait review bilateral ties in New York17:32 Indian Finance Minister inaugurates Incredible India Tourism Investors Summit-201617:23 Parliamentary committee approves protocol on return of minors from CIS states to homeland17:10 Social project on support of children and families launched on basis of biggest family in Kyrgyzstan17:08 MP proposes to introduce beans and fish into schoolchildren's diet17:07 After 25 years, Kyrgyzstan finally achieved energy independence: MP16:54 Education sector reportedly receives 5.1 bln som more this year16:39 TB incidence decreases from 101.1 to 98.2 per 100 thousand persons over 3 years16:33 Government transfers 0.72 hectares of agricultural land in Batken region for construction of border checkpoints16:29 Kyrgyz film Lamp receives diploma at Russian documentary film festival16:24 Government increasing pensions since October16:12 Kyrgyzstan observes reduction in material mortality, Health Ministry says16:11 Draft amendments to Constitution propose canceling statute of limitations on crimes related to Kumtor agreements16:07 Uzbekistan, Poland set visa-free regime for diplomats15:56 Health Ministry plans to extend National Healthcare Reform Program until 201915:44 Assay Chamber of Russia does not recognize Kyrgyzstan's branding of jewelry, making it hard to export: Jewellers Union15:34 Flag of Kyrgyzstan crosses Andes and lands in Chile15:15 Dance group Adem and Atai Omurzakov move to next stage at Italian Tù Sì Que Vales talent show
Astana
+16° C
Ashgabat
+27° C
Bishkek
+24° C
Dushanbe
+28° C
Tashkent
+31° C
Ulaanbaatar
+4° C
exchange rates
 
76.77
68.53
10.27
1.07
378.29
337.37
50.58
5.30
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
3.93
3.50
0.52
0.05

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75