NEW labelling requirements that will spell out in some detail the presence and history of genetically modified organisms, (GMO's), in food sold in the 15 EU countries have been proposed by the European Commission. The regulation, which requires approval by the European Parliament and the EU national governments, extends present legislation, removes loopholes and brings in a new comprehensive traceability requirement.

Under the scheme, which the Commission admitted would impose a cost on companies, it will be possible to trace GMO's ...

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