Crossfire intensifies over genetically modified organisms

Proposals on labelling of seeds and animal feeds which would require the segregation of genetically modified and conventional products have been drafted by the European Commission's Agriculture Directorate. The move came a few weeks after the Commission decided to adopt proposals from its Environment Directorate, DGXI, to introduce labelling requirements for genetically modified organisms but failed to address the segregation issue. The European Parliament has criticised the Commission's handling of the issue and called for the suspension of sales of Novartis' GM maize in the EC. And the Austrian Government is under pressure to tighten its regulations after a huge vote in favour of a ban on GM products in a national referendum.

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