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Zambia intercepts 500 DRC trucks with GMO mealie meal

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Authorities in Zambia on Tuesday intercepted 500 trucks laden with genetically modified (GMO) mealie meal destined for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The trucks, which were coming from South Africa, were intercepted at a Zambia border entry in the southern part of the country, according to the National Biosafety Authority, the country’s regulator of GMO products.

Sandra Lombe, the regulator’s spokesperson said samples taken from the mealie revealed that the mealie meal contained GMOs.

She however said the trucks, which are carrying 1,360 by 25 kilogram bags of mealie each, have been allowed to transit trough Zambia but that this they will be escorted out of the country since no impact assessment has been done on the products.

According to her, some of bags were cleared labeled as GMO mealie meal while others were not prompting officers to collect samples.

Zambia banned GMOs in 2002, with late President Levy Mwanawasa describing them as “poison”.

Mwanawasa later rejected GMO maize donated by the U.S. government the height of a food shortage caused by drought. Enditem

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