Legislation surrounding the labeling of GM food in Russia looks set to ease, according to local reports.

According to the news service Prime Tass, the upper house of the Russian parliament, The Federation Council, yesterday (17 October) approved a bill that will mean packages containing genetically modified (GM) food must contain information on genetic modification only if the GM content is more than 0.9%.

Current legislation means GM foods must always contain that information, the report noted.

To become law, the bill must be signed by the president.