Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Oldest Congo Town, Monrovia, Liberia
Country information about GM food safety assessment
Introduction national biosafety regulations:
Currently, Liberia has a drafted Biosafety law for regulating GMOs and GM foods that is pending before the house of parliament for enactment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the principal agency of government that is responsible for all matters on rDNA-derived foods. The EPA, Biosafety Authority, regulates the issuing of permit, monitor and inspect the GMO facilities, etc. in the country. In relation to synergetic efforts amongst the government agencies, the National Biosafety Committee was established which comprises of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The Ministry of Health & Social Welfare leads on issues of food and medicine/biotechnology. Laboratory to examine GM Foods is partially established and need to be equipped and developed the human resource capacity. Regulations on GMO products are being developed.
Additionally, there is a memorandum of understanding, between the EPA and the Ministry of Commerce to build and or strengthen the capacity of the National Standard Board to perform analytical test on GM Food and etc. There is a consumer protection association, but not actively functioning. Policies, protocols and guidelines on food safety and quality only have been developed but need to be upgraded. Couples of food safety assessment have been conducted. In terms of support, the UNEP and GEF have supported the drafting of the Biosafety legislation and relevant standards, guidelines, protocols and systems for regulating GMOs and GM Foods. Also, there is a limited funding provision by L’Institute Dusahel (International NGO) through the USAID for awareness creation.
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