Europe Requires GMO Labels

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Jul 03, 2003
George Anderson

By George Anderson


The European Parliament has approved legislation requiring food and animal feed containing more than 0.9 percent of a genetically modified organism (GMO), according to a New York Times report.


David Byrne, the European commissioner for health and consumer protection said, “This should give consumers greater confidence.”


Reactions to the legislation from this side of the Atlantic Ocean were generally negative.


Richard Mills, spokesperson for the United States Trade Representatives issued a statement that claimed, “The European Union’s practice may lead other countries to block trade by imposing detailed information, traceability and labeling requirements and prompt a host of new nontariff barriers just at a time we are trying to stimulate world trade.”


Moderator’s Comment: What is your reaction to the European
Parliament’s decision to require labels for foods containing GMOs?


Americans may purchase a product that carried a label
stating, “This product contains a genetically modified organism.”


Europeans, however, are unlikely to buy what many are
calling Frankenfoods.
[George
Anderson – Moderator
]

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