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Tuesday » February 7 » 2006
WTO says EU broke trade rules by stopping genetically modified food imports
Tuesday, February 07, 2006
GENEVA (AP) - The WTO has ruled that the EU broke international trade
rules by stopping imports of genetically modified foods, officials said
The preliminary judgment by a World Trade Organization panel concluded
that the European Union had an effective ban on biotech foods for six
years from 1998, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity
because it is a confidential report.
The report sided with a legal complaint brought by the United States,
Canada and Argentina over an EU moratorium on approval of new biotech
foods, the officials said. The panel ruled that individual bans in six
EU member states - Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and
Luxembourg - violated international trade rules.
The decision has been delayed several times and diplomats said they were
still studying the details late Tuesday. The ruling, said to be one of
the most complex the commerce body has issued, runs to about 1,000 pages.
The complainants claim that there is no scientific evidence for the EU's
actions and that the moratorium has been an unfair barrier to producers
of biotech foods who want to export to the EU.
An environmental group, Friends of the Earth, says the case undermines
the right of governments to decide for themselves what is safe for their
citizens, and pressures other countries, especially developing ones, to
accept genetically modified foods against their will.
Tom West, vice-president of biotechnology affairs at seed company
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., said the decision "reinforces the
heart and soul of what WTO is all about."
The EU moratorium limited choices for both U.S. and European farmers, as
well as European consumers, West said. Iowa-based Pioneer supplies seed
and other grain products in nearly 70 countries.
The EU ended its moratorium in 2004 when it allowed onto the market a
modified strain of sweet corn, grown mainly in the United States.
Washington has said it will continue with its WTO case until it is
convinced that all applications for approval are being decided on
scientific rather than political grounds.
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