EU/USA: USA abandons plan to take EU to WTO over GM crops
Officials in Washington have decided not to file a complaint against the European Union with the World Trade Organisation over the EU's stance on genetically modified foods. The US had indicated it was putting together a complaint about the EU's refusal to accept new GM crops or seeds following a decision to that effect in 1998. The US claimed that backward-looking European officials were thereby contravening agreed free trade rules. US soy is sold in the EU, as it was approved prior to the 1998 ruling, but no other GM crops or seeds.
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