Federation Council Approves Bill Banning GMO Products in Russia

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The Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, approved on Wednesday a bill which bans the cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals in Russia, with an exception for scientific research.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The bill also prohibits GMO products from being imported in Russia based on the results of their effect on humans and the environment. Countries where GMO products are produced that wish to export to Russia will be required to undergo registration procedures according to the bill.

The bill also envisages administrative liability for those caught using GMOs.

The legislation presupposes fines of up to 500,000 rubles (about $7,800) for violation of the rules for GMO use.

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