THE National Biosafety Authority (NBA) has granted three permits to Gatbro International Limited and Zambian Brands Limited to import and place on the market products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
NBA communications officer Sandra Lombe said the permits were granted after risk assessment was conducted on products that the firms intend to import.
Ms Lombe said in an interview yesterday that Gatbro has been granted a five-year valid permit to import products containing GMOs such as hinds southern coating and hinds spices.
“So far this year, we have granted Gatbro a permit to import products that may contain GMOs and a permit for placing on the market. We have also renewed Zambian Brands’ permit to place on the market after inspecting the shipment.
This is in accordance with the authority’s laws to ensure compliance.
Zambia is among African countries with high margins on the importation of cereals and other baby foods.