Russian Ministry of Agriculture proposes to create a register for GMO products

Minselhoz released a proposal that provides for compulsory state registration of animal feed and feed additives made with GM microorganisms
Russian Ministry of Agriculture proposes to create a register for GMO products
27 April 14:13 2016 Print This Article

Russia is planning to create a register of foods produced from genetically modified organisms. So far, the Ministry of Agriculture (Minselhoz) has prepared a draft administrative regulation, which provides for compulsory state registration of animal feed and feed additives for animal nutrition that are produced from such organisms, reports Rossiyskaya Gazeta with reference to the corresponding document placed into public discussion on regulation.gov.ru.

According to the document, the use of genetically modified organisms in the production of animal feed without state registration will be prohibited. Thus, animal feed manufacturers will be obliged to apply for state registration providing information on the characteristics of GM used in accordance with the code on National Classification of transformational events approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation. Minselhoz proposes Rosselkhoznadzor (Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance) to be responsible for this bureaucratic procedure.

In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta the spokesman of the Rosselkhoznadzor Alex Alekseenko said that there were received no specific reports referring to this matter. However, he confirmed that the Agency has capacity to analyze the genetic composition of products in its laboratory in Moscow.

“I’d like to remind that use of GMOs in Russia is prohibited by law. Thus, I suppose we speak not on Russian manufacturers, but on raw materials made with help of genetic engineering for the production of animal feed imported into Russia from abroad,” Mr. Alekseenko said.(A.K.)

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