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FAS report: French processors look to Brazil for beans

(Aug. 13, 2002 -- CropChoice news) -- French feed processors have "increased significantly their use of Brazilian soybeans, which claim to be non-GMO, at the expense of U.S. soybeans," according to a USDA Foreign Agricultural Service report available at http://www.fas.usda.gov/scripts/gd.asp?ID=145783507.

The report also summarizes some of the differences between the July 2001 EU Commission proposal for labeling and tracking genetically modified food products and what the EU Parliament proposed last month.

Last year's proposal called for labeling if more than 1 percent of the product contained genetically modified ingredients that were approved under EU law. The latest proposal calls for a 0.5 percent threshold; it's 0 percent for modified organisms that don't have approval.