The biotechnology companies were pushing GM engineering pretty hard in South Africa but it received a jolt when Western Cape agricultural department’s stated that it was not in the favor of using GM yeast in wines. This happened after the department had received an application for permission for selling GM yeast in South Africa. Cobus Dowry, Agriculture MEC stated: The department will not support the introduction of GM organisms in the commercial production of wine until such time as it is clear that this practice is internationally accepted. The agriculture department stated that use of GM products in the wine would cause heavy losses to the South African producers, as they would be losing their export market. The department also said that they were not against genetic engineering and were in favor of those GM researches, which was done under strict controls.