The African Consumer Union has demanded that the Board of the Biosafety Authority be dissolved as it is a danger a danger to the country’s food sovereignty.
The National Biosafety Authority yesterday granted three distributors namely Cold Chain, Horizon and Innscor distributors new permits to import products that may contain Genetically Modified Organisms.
The three were among 12 retailers, wholesalers and distributors that applied for new and renewal permits.
But Union First Vice President Muyunda Ililonga has condemned the move describing it as unwise as it ignores the wishes of the Zambian people to maintain a GMO-free country.
He has demanded that the permits issued be cancelled henceforth as the Authority appears to undertake unilateral decisions in the interest of global food giants not the Zambian people.
The Zambia National Farmers Union has also rejected the move further warning that they will not subscribe to processes that seek to sneak into the country or dump GM foods on the market.