Monday, 17 June

GMOs commercialisation suit dismissed

Food Sovereignty Ghana

The High Court in Accra has dismissed claims made by Food Sovereignty Ghana concerning the work of the National Biosafety Authority on genetically modified (GM) products.

Justice Barbara Tetteh Charway ruled that the plaintiffs did not provide sufficient evidence to support their allegations. 

Food Sovereignty Ghana, along with three other groups, sought declarations on whether proper procedures and laws were followed in the plans to commercialise GMOs. 

They also questioned whether the authorities complied with domestic and international laws on risk assessment and management for the release and commercialisation of Bt cowpea and rice.

However, the court found that the Biosafety Authority had not yet released any GM products for commercialisation, stating they were still involved in extensive research and community sensitisation.

Justice Tetteh Charway ordered the labelling of all GM products on the market to inform consumers and requested relevant data on Bt cowpea imported from Nigeria and sold in Ghana.

A detailed judgement on the case, which was initiated in 2015, will be provided by the court at a later date.