Moscow GMO free labeling system started working
Although many food companies and lobbyists criticized the initiative of Moscow Mayor (who recently introduced volunteer GMO free labeling with 0% tolerance to GMOs for manufacturers selling their products in Moscow), new labeling system was successfully launched this summer. According to Moscow Department of Consumer Market, by August 30 companies and more than 100 brands where certified as GMO free and will have special green label. The Department reports that 100 companies asked for such GMO free label and now their applications are under consideration.
Rusbrand – association of food producers (large proGM companies included) in cooperation with their ally - KonfOP (Russian member of Consumers International) criticize Moscow initiative, saying that local regulation of GMOs will disintegrate Russian economy and will fuel prices.
Moscow authorities, many other NGOs and independent experts are sure that the region with more than 10 millions of population should be a GMO free zone with its local regulation. 16 laboratories are being created now in Moscow. To test products for GMOs
the bio-chip method invented by Russian scientists is used.
Majority of certified companies are Russian. One international manufacturer – Russian subsidiary of Norwegian company Rieber & Son ASA Group (snack producer) received Moscow GMO free label by now.
The Decree "On Provisional Measures on Quality Assurance and Safety of Food Products and on Informing of Consumers In Moscow" was adopted on the 13th of February 2007. This decree introduced special "Moscow GMO free label", rules for its obtaining, regular testing of products in Moscow labs and creation of public list of the producers whose products contain GMOs.