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Are there GMO chickens in our supermarkets?

There has not yet been a commercial release of GMO animals for human consumption to date, internationally. The very big chickens from South Africa or Brazil that are found in the Zimbabwean markets are therefore not GMO. However they are fed on GMO food and there is surplus food hence they grow very big. Since they will have to be sold to markets far from where they are produced, they are injected with brine solution in order to prevent them from shrinking during freezing for such long periods of time. Consequently the chickens retain their large size after freezing but will shrink and loose taste once cooked.

  • GM Testing Laboratory

    The NBA’s GMO Testing Laboratory was officially opened by the senior government official from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, on 13 September 2017.

    Resources for setting up the laboratory were provided by the Government of Zimbabwe and the European Union. The Government of Zimbabwe through the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development and NBA renovated an already existing super structure into a laboratory. Whereas, the European Union supplied equipment worth US$90, 434.18. 

    The NBA will use this laboratory as a facility for GMO detection, quantification, identification, monitoring and surveillance. The laboratory contributes greatly towards development of the National Biosafety Framework. This Biosafety level 1 laboratory is an initial step towards the development of a National Biosafety Reference Laboratory. It shall be upgraded so that it has biosafety levels 2 -4. This will enable NBA to safely analyse and handle high risk category organisms like Ebola and HIV.

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