E.U. issues controversial GM food, feed rules

by Emily Wilson
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The European Commission last month announced new rules for products containing genetically modified organisms that dictate labels on all foods and animal feed derived from GM crops and require records to trace crop origin back through the processing chain to the farm.

The Commission said the new legislation was intended to provide a "trustworthy and environmentally safe" approach to GMOs, GM food and GM feed.

"The adoption of today’s proposals together with the recent adoption of the revised legal framework on the deliberate release of GMOs into the environment will build up public confidence by responding to questions and concerns raised by the general public and providing a high level of protection for human health and the environment," the Commission said.

U.S. grain industry sources have labeled the new rules as unworkable, according to various news reports. They also criticized the new rules as a de facto trade barrier in violation of World Trade Organization agreements.