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TITLE:  Awareness Raising Workshop On Genetic Engineering,
        Bio safety Kicks Off
SOURCE: Ethiopian News Agency
        http://www.ena.gov.et/default.asp?CatId=8&NewsId=160567
DATE:   15 Jan 2005

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Awareness Raising Workshop On Genetic Engineering, Bio safety Kicks Off

Addis Ababa, 1/15/2005 Awareness raising workshop on Genetic engineering
and Bio safety was held in the metropolis on Saturday. The workshop
organized by The Ethiopian Consumer Protection Association, Forum for
Sustainable Development and African Bio Diversity Network was aimed at
raising consumers awareness on meaning and side effects of genetically
modified food products, the organizers said. In his opening remark,
Manager Environmental Protection Authority, Dr Tewolde-Berhan Gebre-
Egziabher indicated the need for precautionary attention before using
genetic engineering on different aspects. Vice president of the Ethiopian
Consumers Protection Association, Gebre Medhin Birega on his part said
the work shop was organized with a view to raising consumers awareness
about their rights on the products they consume. According to Gebre-
Medhin, such awareness raising workshops would serve as mechanisms of
preventing possible side effects of genetically modified products on
consumers health. Papers on meaning of Genetic engineering and Bio-safety
and impact of genetically modified products on Consumers right were
presented at the workshop. Over 150 participants drawn from districts of
the Addis Ababa Administration attended the workshop.




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