According to SustainablePulse.com, Russia has dealt a huge blow to the U.S. GMO crop industry. Russia’s food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor announced on Thursday that all imports of U.S. soybeans and corn due will be banned due to microbial and GMO contamination. The ban will take effect on February 15.
U.S soybean exports totaled over $156 million in 2013 and were continuing to rise fast in 2014 and 2015. U.S. corn exports to Russia on the other hand were relatively small – for example, from September 2013 to June 2014, Russia imported only 4,742 metric tons of U.S. corn.
“Restrictions will be imposed on imports starting from February 15,” Assistant Director of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Alexey Alekseenko, said Thursday, adding that “they (the US) have to establish a system to ensure safety of products imported to Russia.”
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