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Russia bans import of soybeans, corn from United States from Feb 15 - watchdog

In late January the watchdog said that it might ban imports of the US corn and soybeans due to contamination of products by quarantine objects and the risk of delivery of GMO products to Russia.

MOSCOW, February 10. /TASS/. Russia has banned import of soybeans and corn from the United States starting from February 15, Assistant to Head of Russia’s Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor) Alexey Alekseenko told TASS on Wednesday.

"Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15," he said when answering a respective question, adding that "they (the US) have to establish a system to ensure safety of products imported to Russia."


Russia to Ban Genetically Modified Organisms in Food Production

The Russian government will ban production of goods using genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich was quoted as saying Friday.


Russia Could Ban Import of Untested GMOs

The import of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Russia could be prohibited should such products fail to pass inspections, according to a draft law published on the Russian government’s legal web portal.


Russia: Total ban on GM food production mulled in Russia

A group of Russian MPs have prepared a bill severely restricting imports of genetically modified agricultural produce, and completely banning its domestic production.


Russian Food Security Experts Fight GMO Registrations in Supreme Court

A group of scientists and food security experts have taken the Russian Government resolution, which will allow the registration of GM crops and products containing GMOs from June 1, 2014, to the Supreme Court.


Russia may ban import of products containing GMO

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the relevant agencies to consider a possible ban on the import into Russia of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by October 15.


WTO policy on GMO food fuels GM crop debate in Russia

Protests against genetically modified food grow in Russia after WTO ascension. Yet some scientists insist there are no large health risks. [...] Valery Glazko, who is in charge of Centre for Nanobiotechnology at the Russian State Agrarian University, says that thanks to GMO technology, we will finally be able to feed the world and a new generation of more intelligent people will appear. “If a pregnant woman is not getting enough food, then her haemoglobin levels will drop. Her baby will be born and have every chance of living a full life, but he or she will not be able to make decisions. The baby will adapt, but its brain will not develop in the correct manner,” he says. “GMO is our saviour.” [...] “Hunger is the flip side of terrorism. We are faced with a choice: cannibalism or GMO.”


Russia: Compulsory registration of GMO products

A bill to introduce compulsory registration of all products containing GM-components is in the final stages of adoption by the Russian parliament. [...] “Already 10 varieties of genetically modified crops have passed certification in Russia. And these are only crops that have been in use for a long time abroad without any negative consequences for human health. I think that GM crops are already cultivated in Russia, but until now this area has not been under our control” - Nikolai Vlasov Deputy Head of Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor report.


Russia must ease GM crop restrictions and GM food labeling when joining the WTO

Russia needs to clear the way for imports of genetically modified food and feed, particularly from the US to ease Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organisation [...] according to Alexander Baranov, the President of the National Association for Genetic Security [...] since 2007 products containing 0.9% of GMO ingredients must be specially marked. [...] “In the US products containing GMO are considering safe for humans and are not subject to labeling, as well as in Brazil and Argentina. In Japan, they applied the appropriate labeling if they contain 5% or more of the GMO components”- Gennady Ivanov, head of the Department of sanitary supervision of food hygiene under Rospotrebnadzor, pointed out.


Russia‘s lower house OKs bill to ease legislation on GM food

The State Duma, the Russian parliament’s lower house, approved Thursday a bill under which packages with genetically modified (GM) food must contain information on genetic modification if GM content is more than 0.9%. According to current legislation, they must always contain that information. The bill was initially approved by the State Duma in June and rejected by the Federation Council, the upper house, in July. The upper house objected to a clause of the bill under which packages with GM food should contain information about genetic modification only in some exceptional cases. The houses set up a committee to reach a compromise and agreed on the 0.9% GM content clause. To become law, the bill must be signed by the president.

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