The deadline for enforcing the government resolution on the state registration of genetically modified organisms, and products obtained with the use of such organisms or containing such organisms, will be put off by three years.
"The resolution will be adjusted and the registration deadline will be put of by three years. We are not prepared for it," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told Russian lawmakers on Tuesday.
"The resolution will be adjusted "because the timeframe is overly optimistic, not because it is wrong," he said.
The resolution sets the deadline for July 1, 2014.
Medvedev also said that the resolution "does not order the use of a genetically modified seed stock in plant-growing, but only deals with the certification of genetically modified materials." "It was adopted as a result of the complicated process of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization," he said.
Certification is a must because genetically modified materials have entered Russia and are being used, he said. "But we have no modern laboratories capable of identifying them. Therefore this task is becoming extremely important," he said, adding that investment will be made in projects to set up such laboratories.
"But even if certification goes online in three years' time, this will not mean that we are giving the go-ahead to the use of genetically modified materials," he said, "We can very well feed Russia without GMOs. But we must obtain the knowledge of what the difference is between GMOs and all other materials," Medvedev said.
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