David Byrne, the European commissioner for health and consumer protection, is trying to overcome the de facto moratorium on the approval of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Europe, but the European Commission's solution isn't winning applause in the U.S.

The approval of new GMOs came to a standstill last year on the back of numerous disputes about ecological and health issues. In July, the Commission proposed legislation to update EU rules on labeling and traceability of GMOs and GMO-derived food and feed in the hope that new regulations would ease consumer fears and remove red tape.