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House moves to include anti-GMO labeling provision in trade bill

(Oct 18, 2001 CropChoice news) The debate over genetically modified crops and food has made its way into the issue of trade politics. The Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives last week sent HR 3005 to the full House membership for a vote. The measure would give President Bush virtually unlimited authority to negotiate and approve trade deals, such as the Free Trade of the Americas. The House could vote on the bill as early as next week.

Biotech opposition is concerned because HR 3005 includes a provision directing U.S. trade representatives to oppose any foreign government plans to require labeling of transgenic organisms. This would include the European Commission proposal for labels on any food containing more than 1 percent of such organisms.