During 13-17 March 2006, the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol Biosafety (‘Biosafety Protocol’) will try, after several previous unsuccessful attempts, to craft minimum standards for a global segregation, traceability and accountability system to apply to the cross border movement of bulk shipments of genetically modified (GM) grain.

The mechanisms of such a system will depend on the manner in which the Parties will ultimately resolve the provisions relating to Article 18(2)(a) of the Biosafety Protocol. Article 18(2)(a) deals with the detailed requirements and documentation that must accompany bulk shipments of GMOs, also known in Biosafety Protocol parlance as ?living modified organisms that are exported/imported for direct use as food, feed and processing (LMO FFPs).

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