Turkey’s Biosecurity Board allows use of GM feed in chicken industry

Turkeyandrsquos Biosecurity Board has allowed those in the chicken industry to use feed that include genetically modified (GM) , a news report says.
According to the NTV news website, the board approved the use of six types of corn and two types of soybean that include GM organism in the chicken industry. The board obliged to producers to use warning labels if they use GM feed.
Biosecurity Law No. 5977 prohibits the production of genetically modified foods in Turkey and makes it mandatory to secure permission from the ministry to transport these products through Turkey. Individuals who produce genetically modified plants or animals, or release them into the environment, are subject to a prison term of between five and 10 years or the imposition of a fine ranging between TL 1,500 and TL 2,500, according to the law.
In a GM food-related scandal in 2013, three ministers were accused of collaborating to save a pro-government businessman who faced charges of being involved in a GM rice scandal.
The accusations were raised in June of 2013 after the Mersin Chief Public Prosecutorand’s Office seized of 21 tons of GM rice at a Mersin port in April. Seven people were arrested on charges of and”biological terrorism.and” According to claims put forth by the Taraf daily at the time, three ministers — then-Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin and Agriculture Minister Mehdi Eker, as well as a third, unnamed minister — had intervened in the investigation to save Grain, Legumes and Oilseed Exporters Union Chairman Mahmut Arslan from facing charges.


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