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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.

According to experts, it will strengthen the control over the circulation of genetically modified crops on the market, but at the same time will create a legal framework for cultivation, which will boost production. The initiative has already been welcomed by many authorities and experts.

"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.

"State registration of GMO will bring this area out of the shadows. Currently the GMO market has no legal framework only in very conservative countries such as ours. All over the world they can reduce the cost of [meat] production using it as feed. And it's safe for health, " said the president of the Meat Board of Common Economic Space Musheg Mamikonian.

However, the initiative has not been received so well by all. Representatives of social organizations have criticised the initiative.

"If we begin to register GMO - then it won’t be long before we start to grow it on an extensive basis. And if GMO’s are safe? This question can be compared toss "Is there life on Mars." We can, of course, adopt this law and start growing GMO’s all over the country, but after that there will be no going back," Elena Sharoykina the director of the National Association for Genetic Security claim.

"A large number of studies show that GMO’s cause internal organ pathology, oncology, and infertile offspring. However, now with the entry into the WTO, Russia must "pass" all GMO’s from the US, whether it's seeds, food or animal feed,” says Irina Ermakova, Doctor of Biological Sciences, a member of the Women's Environmental Assembly of the United Nations.


  • Golikov

    Hoax, which looks like truth!

    Be more accurate, please - people might believe and take your post as valid information.

    It is neither a bill, nor anything associated with the Parliament.

    According to the Russian Federal Act on the state regulation in the field of genetic engineering activity (№ 86-ФЗ) registration of GMO's is prerogative of the Government (not the Parliament) and has been compulsory for years already.

    The document mentioned in your post is a Draft of the government regulation intended to replace governmental decree No 120 (16.02.2001). The draft is currently under consideration and discussion between ministries and state agencies is still going on.

    Alexander Golikov,
    Executive Secretary,
    Black Sea Biotechnology Association

  • VV Vorotnikov

    Mr.Golikov, I appreciate your interest but please do not misinform readers.

    Regarding your words that GMO registration was compulsory for Russian GMO products for a years - it is very surprising for me.

    However, if you don’t believe me I’m sure you will believe well-know Russian media Izvestia which published it recently on-line here (on Russian) <>

    Please note the title of the article which is saying “Russia will enter the compulsory registration of GMO products”. I greatly doubt that media miss the moment when the compulsory registration has been entered (a years ago as you said) and start writing about it only now, besides mention that it is only planning.

    Also I do not actually understand your words that registration of GMO is the prerogative of the government, not the Parliament. I looked trough my article and I didn’t find a place when I said that the State Duma will be carried out the registration of GMO by itself.

  • Golikov

    Mr. Vorotnikov, I would suggest that you read both Federal Law and Decree No 120 - these are legal regulations. If you base upon what correspondents post in daily newspapers, I can hardly see any fruitful result in further discussion.

  • VV Vorotnikov

    Sure, Mr.Golikov, I will read these legal regulations. But can you please explain me one thing? According to you the initiative as well as this article doesn’t make any sense as the registration of GMO has been compulsory for a years. So, in this case what the people in this article are talking about?

    I mean, there are the quotes of deputy head of Rosselhaznadzor and Meat Board of Common Economic Space and I’m sure these men know legal regulations that you’ve mention better than you and I do. Or maybe you think that Izvestia fabricated this quotes and not actually talk with this people?

    I don’t see any possible fruitful results of this discussion either but I’m just interesting how you can explain this?

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