31 July 2000
GM labels threaten to spark trade war
THE issue of the labelling of genetically modified food threatens to spark a trade war between Europe and the United States, reports The Guardian.
Washington is considering making a formal complaint to the World Trade Organisation, claiming that labelling GM products is unfair, it says.
The paper believes the US will ask the WTO to impose sanctions against European Union exports if GM labels are not removed from supermarket shelves.
The European Commission said it was aware of the US threat but added that no formal complaint had so far been made, it adds.
- The Guardian, 31 July 2000, page 1