Turkey: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual
Turkey published its Biosafety Law and implementing regulations in 2010. Ever since, this legislation has continued to disrupt Turkey’s agriculture and food sectors due to inharmonious procedures and approvals. As of October 2016, there are only 32 (seven soybean and 25 corn) events approved for feed use in Turkey. No events are approved for food use or cultivation. Testing of imported products remains inconsistent and continues to be a considerable cost for importers. The unsuccessful coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and the following investigations within the Turkish government and academia may slow the approval processes and procedures.