Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new article establishing liability for the violation of mandatory labelling of GMOs foods. The new laws impose fines for unclear labelling and also stipulate that such products would be confiscated to remove them from sale.
The bill also assigns clear responsibility for the monitoring and enforcement of the tougher laws to state consumer rights agency Rospotrebnadzor. Clear accountability for monitoring GM labelling laws is something that is sadly lacking in Australia.
Russia currently has one of the lowest rates of GMO approved food lines in the world. When interviewed about the new bill, Russia’s minister of agriculture has been quoted as saying that the government will not “poison their citizens.” Russia is also reported to be implementing programs to independently research the GMO safety claims made by the biotech industry.