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Tuesday, 1 May, 2001, 14:37 GMT 15:37 UK
Sri Lanka traders in GM appeal

Food importers and traders in Sri Lanka have asked for more time to implement a government ban on genetically modified food, which came into effect today Tuesday.

The new law, brought in by the Health Ministry, bans all imports of raw and processed food which have been genetically modified.

The ban was announced last month, despite concerns by importers that they would not be able to meet the requirements for scientific testing.

They say that there is no definitive proof that GM food is harmful.

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