Ukraine Cancels Compulsory Labeling of 'GMO Absence' in Food Products

Ukraine's Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Mykola Prysiazhniuk announced that the cabinet of Ukraine has abolished cumpolsary labeling of products that do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). He added that the government has approved a bill that would allow producers not to specify that their products do not contain GMOs on the packaging.

Draft law No. 11299, subject to amendments in some Ukrainian laws, informs the public on the content of GMOs in food products and was registered in the Ukrainian parliament on October 5, 2012. The document also bans the turnover of food products containing GMOs or produced using GMOs in Ukraine before the state registration.

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