the focal point for Belize Clearing House is Mr. Fracisco Gutierrez, focal point for the Cartagena Protocol is Dr. Natalie Gibson. Both are from the Belize Agricultural Health Authority. I was nominated as the focal point for GM food safety risk assessment. the Forstry department is responsible for CBD. Currently Belize is not importing GM planting materials unless risk assessment has been conducted. As of today no food safety risk assessment had been conducted in Belize for GM foods.
My country has a regulatory framework that requires the competent authority to conduct safety assessment of GM food.
Structure for GM food safety assessment:
My country is in the process in developing a structure for GM food safety assessment.
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 but the country has, or the country is in the process of developing national/regional guidelines that are in line with the Codex Guidelines in conducting safety assessment of GM food.
Conduct of GM food safety assessment:
My country has never conducted food safety assessment of GM food but is planning to conduct such assessment in the near future.
Supplemental information on the implementation:
Regulation of stacked events:
There is no regulations in my country on stacked events.
Supplemental information on the stacked events:
Belize has draft Biosafety Bill and approved policy on use and imports of GM. the bio safety council is the technical advisory committee. under the regional Caribbean Bio safety project various activities will be implemented: review of the Bio safety Bill, updating the policy, Re-activation of the bio safety council and establishment of laboratory capacity for detection of LMOs and finally public education program on LMOs.
Production and trade
GM food/feed production:
My country does not produce any GM food or feed.
GM food/feed imports:
My country may import GM food or feed and there is no authorization process.
Supplemental information on the production and trade:
My country has faced LLP/AP situations in the last 10 years.
Supplemental information on the LLP/AP incidents:
My country is in the process of developing regulations/policies on GM food labeling.
Supplemental information on the Labelling requirement:
Relevant links to documents and information prepared by the competent authority responsible for the safety assessment