GMO news related to Turkey

18.12.2013

Turkish State Council Cancels Import of GM Corn MON810 and MON810x88017

The Turkish Council of State has cancelled the import of two genetically modified (GM) corn varieties following a lawsuit filed by the ‘No to GMO Platform’. In light of this ruling, the re-evaluation of all GMOs approved for import should be re-evaluated and their approval should be revoked according to Greenpeace Turkey. The Turkish Biosecurity Council had allowed the import and use as animal feed of 16 GM corn and 3 GM soy varieties despite a public outcry in Turkey.

09.04.2013

Consumer Rights Association claims Turkey imports illegal GMO products

The Consumer Rights Association (TDH) claimed yesterday that several different genetically modified organism products that jeopardize people’s health are being imported as the companies involved in 21 tons of seized GMO rice still deny the allegations. Turkey imported officially and legally goods like soya bean, soya oil, corn, cotton and rice worth more than $12 billion from producer countries between 2008 and 2012, said THD in a statement. Turkey imported $6 billion of these goods from the United States, one of the biggest GMO producers in the world.

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Türkische Greenpeace-AktivistInnen gegen Gentechnik erfolgreich (Foto: Greenpeace Akdeniz)

17.08.2012

U-turn on GM in Turkey

Turkey's food industry has reversed plans that would have led to a fuller exploration of genetic modification (GM), bowing to pressure from a Greenpeace campaign.

19.09.2011

Turkey – the delicate GM balance

Turkey’s economy grew in Q2 for the ninth successive quarter, and by 8.8% on the previous year. The rate of GDP growth surprised even the central bank, and while inflation is not yet a concern, food prices are high and rising. This has brought the complicated issue of genetically modified food to the fore, with a request to the government from feed, poultry and egg producers to allow imports of three types of genetically GM corn to be used as animal and chicken feed. “We can solve our raw material problem only through imports,” says Ulku Karakus, chief of the Turkish Feed Industrialists Union, explaining the problem. “Costly feed translates into expensive meat. Unless we pull down the cost of feed, we cannot drive down meat prices.”

02.11.2009

Turkey bans imports of biotech products

Turkey, the 27th largest export market for all U.S. goods, issued a new regulation placing additional requirements on all food and feed products containing genetically enhanced components. This new regulation essentially came without warning, according to U.S. Grains Council Regional Director in the Middle East and Subcontinent Joe O’Brien. ”This ban came at us pretty much out of the blue,” he said.

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