Field trials for Golden Rice now up for public consultation
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) said the Philippines has already been given the go-signal for the conduct of public consultations on the proposed field trials for GR2E Golden Rice.
The public consultation process, which will be led by the Department of Agriculture’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), is a significant component of biosafety regulatory approval under the Joint Department Circular No. 1 series of 2016.
The consultation process is comprised of Public Information Sheet postings in accessible community locations, a 30-day public comment period, and the public hearing.
This, according to IRRI, will provide community members with the opportunity to participate responsibly in a critical biosafety decision-making process.
The public consultation is set on 18 July 2018 in Muñoz, Nueva Ecija and on 20 July 2018 in San Mateo, Isabela.
Together with Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), IRRI is developing high-yielding inbred local rice varieties with the beta-carotene producing GR2E Golden Rice trait.
A complementary, food-based solution to vitamin A deficiency, Golden Rice is currently undergoing the regulatory process in Bangladesh.
Earlier this year, GR2E Golden Rice received positive food and safety assessments from three leading regulatory agencies: Food Safety Australia New Zealand, Health Canada, and the United States Food and Drug Administration.