E.U. Parliament votes for strict GM labeling

by Emily Wilson
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — The European Parliament has voted for strict labeling of genetically modified products, including animal feed, with GM content of more than 0.5%. This is substantially higher than the European Commission's proposal for a 1% threshold. However, moves to label products from animals fed on genetically modified feed were rejected.

The proposals, which supporters say are designed to restore consumer confidence in the safety of GM foods, will now be considered by E.U. governments before returning to the European Parliament for a second reading.

The rules should establish the same requirements both for producers within and outside the E.U., members said.