|Category||Right to Food, Right to Health|
|Date of Judgment||03-08-2006|
|Link / Attachment||View Attachment|
In May 2005, the Centre for Environmental Justice, filed this writ application.
Sri Lanka banned the imports of Genetically Modified (GM) food in 2001, becoming the first country in the world to do so. However, in 2006, the government passed an Extra-Ordinary regulation to the Food Act of 1980, allowing GM food importation and in 2011 the government passed a National Policy on Biosafety which covers the import of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), i.e., GM food or GM crops.
Consequently to the Writ Application, the Government of Sri Lanka finally approved a GM food labeling legislation (Gazette Ex. Ordinary. 1456/22, 3rd August 2006) on August 2006, making it mandatory for importers and local manufacturers of GM foods to label their products in the future.
The mentioned law requires all GM food items to carry a prominent sticker informing that the product contains GM materials, giving the consumer the freedom of choice. Defaulters of this law will have to face a six-month jail term or a Rs. 10,000 fine or both under the Food Act, No. 26 of 1980.
Gazette Ex. Ordinary. 1456/22, 3rd August 2006 http://www.health.gov.lk/en/FOODWEB/files/regulations/Food%20(Control%20of%20Import,%20Labelling,%20Sales%20of%20GM%20Food)%20Regulations%202006/Food%20(GM%20Food)%20Regulations%20-%202006%20-%20E.pdf