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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Ministry of Health
Contact person name:
Physical full address:
Ministry of health- Public healt Directorate- Food Control Section -P.O Box 42
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Country introduction

It is interesting to note that food trading is very important in the Kingdom of Bahrain, by which the majority of consumed foods in the Kingdom are imported from different countries all over the world. Importantly, most of the imported foods, with different contents and qualities, are coming to the country across the sea. Regardless of the advance in food production technology, protecting food from being contaminated is extremely difficult. Therefore, to meet the food safety needs, for not only its citizens but also the international community, Bahrain government has established the Food Control Section which is responsible for controlling and protecting food from contamination as well as to look after consumers' health through assurance of high level of food safety.Thus, to achieve the desired goals, the Food Control Section divided into two groups, which are the Imported Food group and the Domestic Food Safety and licensing group. Kingdom of Bahrain has a role not only to develop policies and guidelines but also to participate in the standards formulation, implementation, and evaluation, in particular with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) food safety committee, and other relevant activities of course. For instance, Bahrain is a member in the GCC Technical Sub-Committee on GCC legislation of organic, functional and Genetically Modified Food since 2008 and so far there are eight legislations on GM food and feed.

Regulatory framework:
My country does not have a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country does not have a structure for GM food safety assessment.
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Contact details of the competent authority(s) responsible for the safety assessment and the product applicant:
GM food safety assessment guidelines:
My country does not conduct safety assessment of GM food and we do not plan to develop any guidelines for GM food safety assessment.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country has never conducted safety assessment of GM food and will not (be able to) conduct such assessment in the near future.
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Stacked events
Regulation of stacked events:
There is no regulations in my country on stacked events.
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Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country does not produce any GM food or feed.
GM food/feed imports:
My country allows imports GM food or feed upon authorization.
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LLP/AP incidents
LLP/AP incidents:
My country does not monitor LLP/AP situations.
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Labelling requirement
Labelling requirement:
My country has a mandatory and positive labeling regulation on GM food (i.e., It contains GMO).
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Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment
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