While Vietnam has imported genetically modified (GM) corn and soybeans for around decade, the country is trying to set up a legal framework for the application of biotechnology domestically. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) held a seminar on October 10 in Hanoi to collect opinions about a draft circular which would approve the process of issuing and revoking certificates for GM crops to be used as food and feed. The four-chapter, six-article draft regulation compiled by MARD is considered a step towards the application of biotechnology, creating a legal framework and giving a green light to the development of GM crops in the country in the time to come. The circular applies to organsations, households and individuals in the country, overseas Vietnamese, foreign organisations and individuals carrying out activities of or related to the issuing and revocation of a certificate of GM crops that satisfy conditions to be used as food or feed in territory of Vietnam. MARD is responsible for the issuance and revocation of GM food and feed safety certificates based on the decision of the GM Food, Feed Safety Committee (FFSC). The draft circular regulates GM plants carrying a one or more genes transferred… Read full this story
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