Swiss parliament edges towards GMO agreement

Lower house puts separate rules for deliberate release trials, commercialisation into draft law

Switzerland's contentious draft GMO law was narrowly voted through the country's lower parliamentary house last week with a number of changes to the version approved by the upper house.

The lower house has strengthened the previous draft in two key areas. First, it set stricter rules for commercialisation than for deliberate release trials, a move applauded by environment minister Moritz Leuenberger. It also introduced new rules for separation and labelling of GM and non-GM products.

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