The Rosselkhoznadzor, the Russian agricultural inspection agency, announced on Friday (29 September) that it has stopped issuing quarantine permits for US rice because genetically modified rice, which had not yet passed safety tests, had been on sale in the US.

Announcing the move, the Rosselkhoznadzor said it had requested information from US authorities about an official investigation into the matter. The food standards watchdog also required guarantees that GM rice, not registered in Russia, will not be exported to the country from the US.

Russia will apply similar measures to other countries exporting GM food stuffs, the statement warned.