|June 1, 2004,
as reported by just-food.com: Russia will introduce
tighter labeling laws for genetically modified foods according
to reports of recent comments by Russian officials. Under
the new rule, the current labeling threshold of 5% GM
material will be abandoned and a drastically lowered limit
will be set.
Beginning next week all foods containing more than
0.9% GM material will require a label, reported Agence
According to Natalya Olefirenko, of the Russian arm
of environmental lobby group Greenpeace, the labelling
rules are ineffective.
"The methods being adopted by Russia to identify
the presence of GMOs are old and not effective,"
Olefirenko was quoted by AFP as saying.
"The definition of GMO levels vary and each enterprise
can interpret the new regulations as it sees fit,"
Greenpeace said the rules do not apply to animal feed
or to foods imported from the US into Russia.