The government of Ukraine plans to strengthen control over the turnover of GMO products and liability for violations
The Cabinet of ministers at a meeting on August 4 approved draft laws that provide for strengthening state control over the turnover of GMO goods and the use of GMOs, as well as responsibility for violations in this industry and creating mechanisms to prevent such violations.
The government believes that the adoption of these bills will create transparent rules for doing business related to GMO products, and strengthen state control in this area. The introduction of new procedures for handling GMOs, requirements for labeling products with GMOs will protect consumers and avoid offenses.
The new draft laws provide for:
- separation of powers of state bodies to eliminate duplication of their functions in the handling of GMOs,
- improving the system for determining the risks and impact of GMOs on human health and the environment,
- introduction of European procedures for registering GMOs in government agencies,
- improved labeling requirements for GMO products and new control rules,
- strengthening state control over the turnover of GMOs and responsibility for their violations.
In particular, the draft law on strengthening responsibility for handling GMO products provides for:
- increase in the amount of the fine depending on the violation for citizens from 3400 to 5100 UAH (now from 85 to 136 UAH), for officials – from 3400 to 17000 UAH (now from 119 to 170 UAH),
- development of effective tools for preventing violations in the sphere of GMO turnover.
The government also plans to impose a fine for placing GMO products on the market in violation of the requirements of current legislation in the amount of 200 to 300 non-taxable minimum incomes for citizens and from 200 to 400 non – taxable minimum incomes for officials.
Since most soybeans grown in Ukraine are genetically modified, changes in legislation may create a problem with the sale of GMO soybeans or its processed products, which will significantly affect the market this season.