Biotech Foods

Codex forms a committee

WASHINGTON - A committee of the Codex Alimentarius Commission failed last week to achieve a consensus on standards for labeling foods containing or derived from biotechnology ingredients, as both the U.S. and European Union argued that any Codex standards should reflect their mutually incompatible regulatory approaches to biotech labeling.

Instead, the Committee on Food Labeling formed a working group that will attempt over the next year to find common ground between EU demands for a broad, mandatory labeling regime and firm U.S. opposition to mandatory labels that are based on the processes, such as biotech, used to produce foods.