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FOOD SOVEREIGNTY GHANA & 3 Ors. v. NATIONAL BIOSAFETY COMMITTEE & 4 Ors.

(2019) JELR 107246 (HC)

High Court  •  HRC/43/15  •  15 May 2019  •  Ghana

Coram
GIFTY AGYEI ADDO

Judgement

R U L I N G

Per their amended writ of summons and statement of claim filed on 29th June, 2015, the Plaintiffs pray for the following reliefs:

a. A declaration that the Biosafety Act, 2011 (Act 831) makes provision for a National Biosafety Authority (NBA) and not a National Biosafety Committee (NBC) and that the NBC does not have any legal backing to act in the manner it has been acting with regards to issues of biotechnology, biosafety and such related matters and the approval to release and commercialize GMO products in Ghana, so long as the Biosafety Act is concerned. And that at the time of filing this suit on the 5th day of February, 2015 there was no National Biosafety Authority in existence as required by Act 831.

b. A declaration that in approving the release and commercialization of GMOs into the Ghanaian environment, the 1st Defendant has not met the requirement of the law on major issues of risk assessment and risk management etc. in such related matters.

c. A declarat…

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