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Cablegate: Nigeria: Additional Info Re Biotechnology

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS LAGOS 002189

SIPDIS


STATE FOR EB/DMALAC AND OES/HLEE


USDA FOR FAS/OA/BSIMMONS AND APHIS/BRS/JTURNER


STATE PASS TO USAID FOR JLEWIS


STATE PASS TO FDA FOR RLAKE


EPA FOR JANDERSEN


E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAGR ECON ETRD SENV TBIO TSPL NI
SUBJECT: NIGERIA: ADDITIONAL INFO RE BIOTECHNOLOGY
REGULATIONS

REF: (A) LAGOS 2163, (B) STATE 263456


1. (U) Further to Ref A, Nigeria's National Agency for
Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
reports that the approval, importation and labeling of
food products, including products of agricultural
biotechnology, is governed by the Drug and Related
Products Act (as amended) and related Food Products
Registration Regulations and Prepackaged Food Products
Regulations.


2. (U) Among other things, the laws and regulations
provide that no food products shall be imported,
manufactured or distributed unless such food products
have been registered by NAFDAC. In addition, the
Prepackaged Food Products Regulations state that no
food products shall be sold or imported unless labels
containing NAFDAC-stipulated information have been
affixed. The regulations also state that "where the
ingredients of a food item are known to cause
hypersensitivity, such shall be declared on the label,
especially those obtained through biotechnology".


3. (U) As things now stand, NAFDAC appears to be
responsible not only for regulating the registration,
advertisement and internal distribution of food
imports, but also for regulating the biotech trade.


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