|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 France Presse.
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," she added.
Greenpeace said the rules do not apply to animal feed or to foods
imported from the US into Russia.