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    RUSSIA'S GREENPEACE WARNS AGAINST GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOODS

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    MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) - Food manufacturers often omit to mention that they used genetically modified sources for their production, spokesmen for the Russian office of the international Greenpeace organization told journalists on Thursday in Moscow.

    This, according to them, is a direct breach of Russian legislation, because the manufacturer is obliged to inform the buyer of the product's composition.

    Some time ago, representatives of Greenpeace and some media purchased in various Moscow outlets 40 examples of foodstuffs - meat, dairy, confectionery, and baby food. In 40 per cent of them, members of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences discovered genetically modified materials.

    In Greenpeace view, the problem is that no studies have yet been carried out to give an exhaustive answer to whether such foods are harmful to human health and if so, to what extent.

    It is noteworthy that in Russia such ingredients are not produced, but the country receives genetically modified food from outside. According to Greenpeace, it includes potatoes, wheat and other products.

    The Russian companies whose goods were found to contain genetically modified materials will be posted on the Greenpeace site, and anyone wishing to do so will be able to read the names of the "blacklisted" firms to be able to choose, organization activists said.

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