Russia's Government Legislative Commission has just approved Rospotrebnadzor’s proposal to further toughen sanctions and for the introduction of fines for unclear or inappropriately labeled genetically modified food, RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.
The goal of the bill is to protect consumer rights and safeguard citizens' health.
According to RIA Novosti, the statement reads:
Administrative sanctions will follow the breach of requirements concerning the marking of genetically modified food products or foods that contain genetically modified organisms.
Bigger companies are to be held to a higher standard for a breach than individuals. Individuals' fines can range from 20,000 to 50,000 rubles ($550 to $1,400). Companies can expect to pay between 100,000 to 150,000 rubles ($2,800 to $4,160).
Sustainable Pulse reports:
President Putin earlier said that Russia must protect its citizens from over consumption of products containing genetically modified organisms. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev followed this with a statement that Russia has no intention to import GMOs.
According to the explanatory note attached to the bill, only 18 lines of GMOs are officially allowed in Russia at the moment. This is a far lower number than in other countries, as the Russian farming industry has long maintained extensive restrictions on the use of technology related to GMOs.
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