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Biosafety treaty deal
Monday, January 31, 2000
Delegates from 140 countries on Saturday approved a compromise
protocol on biosafety intended to govern the international transport of living
modified organisms (LMOs).
As approved at the Montreal meeting, the so-called Cartegena
Protocol on Biosafety excludes pharmaceutical products from its oversight and
does not mandate segregated shipping of LMO products. But it validates use of
the precautionary principle to ban imports of LMOs and includes provisions for
labeling of commodity shipments.
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