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%.