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Russia may stop importing U.S. transgenic soy, corn

(July 25, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- Russia may stop importing U.S. corn and soy in the fall, according to a senior official in the Russian agriculture ministry.

After October 1, Russia will import only genetically modified food products that officially are registered.

"For example, if we have five types of registered genetically-modified soy and corn, it means that we will import these five types, otherwise, U.S. producers would have an advantage on the Russian market," according to a Financial Times quote of First Deputy Agricultural Minister Sergei Dankvert. The government will "consider" registering transgenic U.S. corn and soybean products.

The issue of meat produced from animals raised on feed containing transgenic ingredients will be negotiated separately.

Source: Financial Times