EU fails to set new rules for genetically modified products

The EU Agriculture Council has failed to reach a compromise on new rules for genetically modified products, keeping the four year moratorium on GMOs in place.

The EU Ministers of Agriculture disagreed on the Danish
Presidency proposal that would allow an unintentional presence of
up to 1 percent of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food
before labelling would be obligatory. They also disagreed on the
threshold allowing accidental presence of GM seed for planting (for
details on both proposals see
EURACTIV, 14 October
2002
).

France, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Greece and
Luxembourg who demanded the moratorium on biotech products to be
imposed in Europe insisted on their position at the meeting.

The United States could take the EU to the World
Trade Organisation to challenge the moratorium on biotech farm and
food products, which costs US producers $200 million per year in
lost exports.

The Danish Presidency will put the issue of
labelling and traceability of GMOs back on the agenda at the next
Agriculture Council on 16 November. The issue will also be
discussed by the Environment Council on 17 October.

 

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