Monday, October 15, 2001
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.