Decision Document for a Permit for Importation of Genetically Modified (GM) Soy Bean for Poultry Feed Processing issued to CHI Farms Limited
This decision document is issued by the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) to CHI Farms Limited as part of permit in accordance with the National Biosafety Agency Act 2015 for the following Genetically modified soybean events: MON 87705, MON 87769-7, CV 127, DAS 44406-6.
The advice of National Biosafety Committee, National Biosafety Technical Sub-committee and public views guided the decision of the National Biosafety Management Agency. The Agency was convinced that there are no known adverse impacts to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, taking into account risk to human health. This Permit is without prejudice to other extant national laws and regulations.
The Permit authorises the Permit holder and persons covered by the permit to conduct the specified dealings with the genetically modified organism referred to in this decision document.
Note about countries where dealings with GMOs are being undertaken pursuant to this Permit
Information about where the GMOs have been approved for use for various purposes, including for direct use for food, feed and processing (FFP), pursuant to this Permit is that they have been approved in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, European Union, Honduras, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Vietnam.
The National Biosafety Management Agency Act 2015;
‘Act’ means the National Biosafety Management Agency Act 2015 or the corresponding national legislation under which this Permit is issued.
‘Clean’ (or ‘Cleaned’) means, as the case requires:
‘Contingency Plan’ means a written plan, detailing measures to be taken in the event of the unintended presence of the GMOs outside an area that shall be inspected. A Contingency Plan shall include procedures to:
‘Soy Bean’ means plants of the species Glycine max
‘Destroy’ (or ‘Destroyed’ or ‘Destruction’) means, as the case requires, killed by one or more of the following methods:
‘Equipment’ includes, but is not limited to, harvesters, seeders, storage equipment, transport, miller (e.g. bags, containers, trucks, etc.), clothing and tools.
‘GM’ means genetically modified.
‘GMOs’ means the genetically modified organisms that are the subject of the dealings authorised by this Permit. GMOs include live plants, grain that is able to grow into live plants, and viable seed or not.
‘Grain’ means Soy Bean used for feed or food
‘Logbook’ means a written or electronic record containing information required to be maintained by this Permit holder rand which is able to be presented to the NBMA on request.
‘Monitoring Zone’ means an area of land extending at least 100 metres in all directions from the outer edge of a Milling Area.
‘NBMA’ means the National Biosafety Management Agency.
‘Personal Information’ means information or an opinion (including information forming part of a database), whether true or not, and whether recorded in a material form or not, about an individual whose identity is apparent, or can reasonably be ascertained, from the information or opinion.
‘Agency’ means the National Biosafety Management Agency.
‘Sign-off’ means a notice in writing from the National Biosafety Management Agency, in respect of an area.
‘Volunteers’ means GM or non-GM Soy Bean plants, which have not been intentionally grown.
Prior to issuing a Permit, the NBMA considers suitability of the applicant to hold a Permit. The following conditions address ongoing suitability of the Permit holder.
The holder of this permit (‘the permit holder’) is Chi Farms Limited
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Prior to issuing a Permit the Agency considers suitability of the applicant to hold a Permit. The following conditions address ongoing suitability of the Permit Holder.
The following conditions seek to ensure that persons conducting the dealings are aware of the Permit conditions and appropriate processes are in place to inform people of their obligations.
Note: Examples of functions or positions are ‘Plant manager’, ‘Store manager’, ‘Plant operator’ etc.
Note: this may include a description of any contracts, agreements, or other enforceable arrangements.
Permit conditions are based on the risk assessment and risk management plan developed in relation to the application using information available at the time of assessment. The following condition requires that any new information that may affect the risk assessment is communicated to the Agency.
Note: The Act requires, for the purposes of the above condition, that:
Note: Contraventions of the Permit may occur through the action or inaction of a person. For example, if it is a condition of the Permit that grains are milled prior to bagging and large quantities of whole grains are bagged, then the person responsible for quality control will have contravened that Permit condition.
Note: An example of informing without delay is contact made at the time of the incident via the NBMA phone number, which provides emergency numbers for incidents that occur out of business hours. Notification without delay will allow the NBMA to conduct a risk assessment on the incident and attend to the location if required.
Limits on the release
The following permit conditions maintain the risk assessment context within which the application was assessed, by imposing limits on where and when the GMOs may be imported, and on other activities that can be undertaken.
Volume and duration
|Maximum volume of the import||Duration|
Location of Milling Plant
|14, Chivita Avenue, Ajao Estate, Ikeja, Lagos|
The following permit conditions maintain the risk assessment context within which the application was assessed by restricting spread and persistence of the GMOs.
Physical confinement and site security
The GMOs shall not be planted and shall not be allowed to grow anywhere pursuant to this permit; and
Dispersal of GMOs
Note: The Contingency Plan shall be implemented if the GMOs are detected outside areas under inspection.
Dispersal of the GMOs during transport or storage
Note: Signed statements by persons transporting or disposing of the GMOs should be made.
Transport of GMOs for the purpose of export is permitted on notification to the Agency as the permit holder would have authorisation to import the GMOs to the destination country.
Persistence of the GMOs or Volunteers post-cleaning
|Area||Period of inspection||Inspection frequency||Inspect for||Action|
|(a) Storage Area
(b) Milling areas that have been cleaned and where the GMOs may be able to establish*.
|From the day of Cleaning until
Same as above
|At least once every 30 days
Same as above
Same as above
|Destroy before immediately
Same as above
The following Permit conditions are imposed to demonstrate compliance with other conditions, facilitate monitoring/Inspection of compliance by staff of the Agency, and emphasise appropriate selection of the Planting Area.
|(a) Intention to import||i. Details of the consignment, volume, entry port, name of vessel and final destination including, the state, local government area and city/town, a street address and any other directions
ii. Identity of the GMOs to be imported
iii. Date on which the GMOs will off-loaded
iv. Period when the GMOs are expected to be transported to storage facility
v. Period when milling is expected to commence
vi. How the processed product is intended to be used packaged
|At least 7 days prior to importation|
|(b) Milling of grain||i. Period when milling is expected to commence, actual date(s) of milling the GMOs
ii. Any changes to the details provided under part Intention to
|Within 7 days of any milling|
|(c) Cleaning||i. Actual date(s) on which any areas needing Cleaning were Cleaned
ii. Method of Cleaning,
iii. Method of waste disposal
|Within 7 days of completion of any Cleaning|
|(d) Inspection activities||i. Information recorded in a Logbook||Within 30 days of inspection|
After a thorough analysis of the application dossier, risk mitigation and contingency options available, it is unlikely that the proposed use of the GM Soy Bean for poultry feed processing would cause adverse impact on the environment, on human and animal health. A permit is therefore granted to CHI FARMS LIMITED with permit Code: NBMA/FFP/IM/004
This Permit is with effect from 6th August 2018 to 31st December 2021
|Signature and Date:
DIR No: REF CODE NBMA/FFP/IM/004
Full Title: Genetically modified Soy Bean for Poultry Feed Processing
Postal address: 14, Chivita Avenue, Ajao Estate, Ikeja, Lagos
Phone No: +234 8062473400
GMOs covered by this Permit:
Glycine max containing only the events and genes listed below.
Common Name: Soy Bean
Scientific Name: Glycine max
|S/N||EVENT ID||INSERTED GENE||COMPANY|
|cp4 epsps (aroA:CP4): decreases binding affinity for glyphosate, thereby conferring increased tolerance to glyphosate herbicide
|2.||MON 87769-7.||cp4 epsps (aroA:CP4): decreases binding affinity for glyphosate, thereby conferring increased tolerance to glyphosate herbicide||Monsanto|
|3.||CV 127||csr1-2 : confers tolerance to imidazolinone herbicides||BASF|
|4.||DAS 44406-6||aad-12 : catalyzes the side chain degradation of 2,4-D herbicide
2mepsps: decreases binding affinity for glyphosate, thereby increasing tolerance to glyphosate herbicide
pat: eliminates herbicidal activity of glufosinate (phosphinothricin) herbicides by acetylation
|Dow AgroSciences LLC|
Purpose of the dealings with the GMOs:
The purpose of the importation of the GM Soy Bean is for poultry Feed processing.
Checklist of documents that shall be sent to the Agency:
|Prior to conducting any dealings||Details of persons covered||14 days prior to arrival of consignment|
|Location of and Storage facility||At least 7days before issuance of permit and before arrival of consignment|
|Contingency plan||14 days prior to taking delivery of GMO at the entry Port|
|Prior to off-loading and transferring to storage
|Intention to offload consignment||At least 7 days prior to transfer of GMO to storage facility|
|Any time after issue of the licence||Any changes of the project supervisor contact details||As soon as practically possible|
|Any relevant conviction, revocation, suspension or cancellation of any relevant permit or circumstances that may affect compliance to licence conditions||Immediately, if occurs|
|Any information relevant to on-going suitability||If and when requested|
|Any changes to details provided under conditions Prior to conducting any dealings with the GMOs, the Permit Holder shall provide to the names of all organisations and persons or functions or positions of the persons who will be covered by the Permit, with a description of their responsibilities; and – Prior to conducting any dealings with the GMOs, the Permit Holder shall provide to the a Contingency Plan to respond to inadvertent presence of the GMOs outside an area that shall be inspected.||Within 14 days of the changes|
|Signed statements from persons covered under the licence||If and when requested|
|Any additional information regarding health and safety of the people and the environment, contraventions of this licence or any unintended effects of the dealings authorized by the licence||As soon as practically and reasonably possible, after becoming aware|
|Extreme weather conditions||As soon as practically and reasonably possible, if expected or occurs
|Methods and procedures for transport||If and when requested|