HEALTH CONSEQUENCES OF GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM: Policy Implications
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The Ghana Public Health Association organized a scientific seminar to examine the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into public use, and the potential health consequences. The seminar was driven by current public debate on the subject. Concerns have been raised about GM crops for a variety of reasons including Ethical, Biosafety (Environmental impact, Health), Bioproperty, and Biopolitical considerations. The seminar identified some of the advantages of GMOs and its potential health concerns. There is the need to enhance local capacity to research the introduction and use of GMOs; to put in place appropriate regulatory mechanisms including, particularly, the labeling of GMO products and post-marketing surveillance for possible negative health consequences in the long term.
Furthermore, the appropriate state agency should put in place advocacy strategies to keep the public informed about GMOs.
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