Biosafety Agency conducts analysis of suspected GMO products — D-G
The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) is currently conducting analysis of suspected Genetically Modified (GM) products, to ensure the safety of Nigerians, says the Director-General, Dr Rufus Ebegba.
Ebegba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the agency’s scientists had selected products suspected to contain genetically modified ingredients from some superstores in the country.
“The analysis followed a three-month GMO survey conducted by the agency which, among other findings, showed the presence of products containing genetically modified ingredients in superstores across the country.
“Some of the products have labels showing ingredients contained therein while others do not.
“Hence, the need to carry out an indepth analysis to ascertain the true type of genetic materials and their make-up, and to ensure that it is safe for Nigerians to consume,’’ the director-general said.
In a separate interview, Miss Amedu Josephine, Head of the GMO Analysis Laboratory said: “We do have some foods on our shelves that are GM Foods.
“Our work is to ensure that it is actually GMO and find out the genetic component that describes the GM material.
“We also have to be sure that the sequence that has been inserted is not one that will be detrimental to the health of Nigerians.
“This is why we want to be sure that everything that is genetically modified within the borders of Nigeria is safe for public consumption.”
According to Amedu, the agency has been diligent in the discharge of its duties.
“I urge Nigerians to have faith in the ability of the agency’s scientists to protect and safeguard their health,” she said.
NAN reports that the agency acquired a state-of-the-art GMO analysis laboratory in 2016 as part of its resolve to diligently carry out testing of products.