Environment ministry rules out final decision on GM Mustard

In a communication issued to media on August 26, 2016, the environment ministry has refuted the news in a section of press where it was mentioned that approval has been granted to genetically engineered mustard

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New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest in a recent statement stated that no final decision has yet been taken on allowing the commercialization of genetically modified mustard.

“A section of the media has carried inaccurate reports that Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) in the Ministry has granted approval to GM Mustard,” mentioned the statement.

It further said that “No final decision has been taken as yet on the issue. The GEAC, in a meeting held on August 11, 2016, has examined the Safety Document prepared by the Sub-Committee of the GEAC. The GEAC has appraised the Safety Document prepared by the Sub-Committee and the Safety Document will be put up on the website of GEAC inviting comments from the public.”