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Organization/agency name (Full name):
Scientific Research Council
Contact person name:
Sanchia Miller
Physical full address:
Hope Gardens Complex, Kingston 6, Jamaica, W.I.
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Country information about GM food safety assessment
Introduction national biosafety regulations:
Jamaica signed the Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biosafety Diversity (CBD) in June 2001; however this was not ratified until September 2012. Jamaica is now the 164th Party to the protocol. Presently, Jamaica does not have a registered entity that is responsible for assessment of GM-foods. There are no established regulations or guidelines that govern the safety, production or distribution of foods derived from r-DNA plants. However a National Biosafety Committee (NBC) was established to identify and monitor GMOs with undefined risks in Jamaica; to ensure that local regulations are adequate; to prepare guidelines, codes of conduct etc. for the relevant users of GMOs; to keep abreast of relevant international developments; and to keep the public informed on biosafety issues. The NBC has been dormant for over a year.
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