Azerbaijan opens laboratory to detect genetically modified products
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 2 / Trend N.Ismayilova /
Azerbaijan will likely open a laboratory to detect genetically modified products (GMO), head of the State Anti-Monopoly Policy and Consumer Protection Service Zahid Isayev told Trend today. The service has already conducted extensive market research of locally produced goods.
"We are studying the market, as well as the possibility of creating such a laboratory," he said.
The Azerbaijani Union of Free Consumers asked the Azersun Holding to open an independent laboratory to detect and confirm the presence of GMOs in foodstuffs in 2009. Azersun has already agreed to build the laboratory, head of the union Eyyub Huseynov told Trend. Azersun is the market leader of food products in Azerbaijan.
Huseynov said equipment worth $70,000 can detect GMOs in three types of foods. The most basic equipment costs around $9,000.
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