By Gatonye Gathura
A chief executive has been sacked for allowing the importation of genetically modified food. Dr Roy Mugiira of the National Biosafety Authority was sacked last Thursday over the illegal importation of corn-soy blended relief food.
The authority’s chairperson, Prof Miriam Kinyua said Dr Mugiira had in March written to the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service advising them to allow the World Food Programme to import emergency food from the US without being tested.
Normally imports from the US and South Africa, some of the world’s major producers of genetically modified maize and soya, arouse suspicion requiring that they be tested and the importers declare their genetic status.
The regulatory authorities say this was never done while the importers claim they have always followed the law to the letter.
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