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What chances are there that I may be eating GM foods unaware?

Although efforts have been made to ensure that GM foods are labelled there are serious constraints especially with processed and semi-processes products. This is especially true with imported foodstuffs. Most countries are still to segregate and label GM products. This creates problems for countries (e.g. Zimbabwe) that import a lot of foodstuffs especially in a processed and semi-processed form, as the labeling of GM foods is not mandatory in many countries.

  • 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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    HARARE – The second Non-Aligned Movement Science and Technology technical meeting has sparked a fresh wave

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  • Zim moves to draft GM labelling laws

    Sifelani Tsiko: Zimbabwe has made a huge step towards establishing genetically modified (GM)labelling laws which seek to

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Safeguarding Progress in Biotechnology:  Profiling Ms Annah Runesu Takombwa.

http://www.nepadsanbio.org/articles/safeguarding-progress-biotechnology-profiling-ms-annah-runesu-takombwa-486.html

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The National Biotechnology Authority (NBA) participated at the Harare Agricultural Show (H.A.S) and RIO-SET 2016 edition.

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Bioinformatics research set to improve use of computers. 

http://www.chronicle.co.zw/bioinformatics-research-set-to-improve-use-of-computers/

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