Today, August 4, at its meeting the Government approved a European integration bill, which provides for strengthening of state control over the use of GMOs (Genetically modified organisms) and the circulation of GM products.
Another bill approved is designed to intensify liability for violations in the field of GMO handling and the creation of more effective mechanisms to prevent such offenses.
"Support for these bills and their further implementation will contribute to the creation of transparent rules for doing business on GMO handling and strengthen state control in this area. In particular, it is envisaged to determine clear procedures and mechanisms for the handling of GMOs, requirements for labeling of GM products that will not allow manufacturers to mislead consumers. It is also proposed to increase the responsibility and up the size of fines to prevent offenses in this area," said Deputy Minister of Economy of Ukraine Iryna Novikova.
Among the novelties of the bill on state regulation in the field of GMO are as follows:
According to the bill on strengthening the responsibility in the field of GMO regulation it is provided:
- for citizens - from UAH 3,400 to UAH 5,100 (currently - from UAH 85 to 136);
- for officials - from UAH 3,400 to 17,000 (currently - from UAH 119 to 170);