EU ministers still divided over gene foods

Member state split over labelling thresholds prevents quick progress towards ending moratorium

EU agriculture ministers yesterday failed to agree rules for the labelling of food and animal feed accidentally contaminated by genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A policy debate on the traceability and labelling of GMOs is to be held on Thursday by the EU's environment ministers.

European Commission proposals for labelling requirements to apply above a 1% threshold of accidental GM contamination, during a three-year transition period, are opposed by several member states. Some countries are asking for a lower threshold. Others insist that live animals and seeds should also be covered.

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