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Demand for action against import of GM soybeen seeds

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Coalition for a GM-free has urged the government to take strict action on illegal genetically modified (GM) seeds being allegedly imported in

The coalition said this is in violation of the Environmental Protection Act and the 2006 DGFT notification.

"We have been importing soy seeds from the USA and Ukraine, for instance. The US is known to have mostly GM soyabean (94%) and has had its soy exports been reported and cancelled by for having GM contamination.

"Import of GM seeds has not been approved in India," said the Coalition to the Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under the Ministry and of Foreign Trade (DGFT) in separate letters.

The Coalition also said that it suspects that several consignments from GM producing countries are transferred mid-sea, and hence, the source and country of origin are obfuscated as well.

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First Published: Tue, February 06 2018. 01:05 IST