PROPOSED international regulations that would have ruled a new product is legally created when tobaccos are blended will probably be rejected, with the chairman of a special World Trade Organisation rules of origin committee recommending that they be deleted. He has asked the WTO general council to oppose the idea that "any deliberate and proportionally controlled mixing or blending of tobacco resulting in a product with a determined composition confers origin," considered from the country where it was blended not where the leaf was grown.

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