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Head of the Federal Service to Monitor Protection of Consumer Rights and Population Wellbeing, has declared the need to develop food quality and safety legislation
"Creation of such legislation is a major problem", Onischenko told the conference Purveyors to the Moscow Kremlin. Quality Standards on Friday. Relative agencies have prepared a package of regulation fixing the quality and safety of foods, he said. "But, not one of them has yet passed even first reading", he regretted. One reason is "the slack involvement and the lack of interest of the business community in this problem". Adoption of these regulations and laws should be sped up, Onischenko insisted. He also insisted on the adoption of regulations regarding the quality of drinking water. The draft has also been prepared, he noted. A high incidence of chronic diseases due to the substandard drinking water has been registered in many Russian regions, such as Yekaterinburg in the Ural region and the Republic of Komi in the north of Russia, Onischenko said. To him, the main reasons behind the low quality of water are "the depredatory use of water resources" in our country, obsolete water-purification methods and secondary fouling of water in the mains. Onischenko also spoke up with regard to genetically-modified foods. At the present time, only 10 to 15 percent of the producers of GM foods are duly marking their products. Onischenko explained that due marking of GM products has been introduced to "make consumers our allies, knowledgeably agree to consume such foods". Not all producers are in the know that primary materials for their products are genetically modified because their quality control has not been well-arranged, Onischenko noted. He stressed that a better control of GM products should be among the top-priority goals. According to Onischenko, this matter will be in focus at the G8 heads-of-state meeting in Sea Island in the United States on June 7 to 8.
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