NZBIO urges Government to look again at GMO rules

Minor amendments to the rules around genetic modification just don’t go far enough says NZBIO.

Dr Will Barker, the CEO of the biotechnology industry body, says the Government needs to have a further look at the recommendations made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) late last year.

Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced a “minor amendment” to the rules to cover off old-technology that had not been identified in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act (HSNO) 1996.

Dr Barker says the timing of the Government’s announcement was interesting.

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