October 28, 2003, just-food.com: Discussions over what level
of GM-contaminants was acceptable before the product
would need a need a label declaring it as containing
genetically modified materials have become so heated
and have resulted in such an obvious divide between
the proponents and opponents of genetic modification
the European Union has decided to delay its vote on
the subject until next spring.
The European Commission had proposed labeling seeds
that contained between 0.3% and 0.7% GM material, depending
on the crop. The biotech industry complained that the
low level was too restrictive, while environmental campaign
groups felt the level was too generous, reported Dow
Jones International News.
Greenpeace is calling for a threshold of 0.1% GMOs,
while US biotech companies such as Monsanto want a threshold
higher than 0.7%.