EU postpones vote on acceptable GM levels

October 28, 2003, 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%.