Russia's government has decided against producing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the country's Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said Friday.
The deputy orime minister underscored the need to draw a "clear distinction" between this decision and science and research projects in fields such as medicine.
A law requiring manufacturers to label products whose GMO content is higher than 0.9 percent has been in effect since 2007. On December 31, 2014, President Vladimir Putin signed a federal bill imposing fines up to $6,000 for violating the GMO labeling rule.
"As for genetically modified organisms, we have decided against the use of GMO in food production," Dvorkovich said.