EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy has warned the US that it would fail if it files a challenge at the World Trade Organisation over recent EU legislation regarding labelling of GM products.

“I would advise them (US officials) against taking such a step for one simple reason,” Lamy was quoted by AFX News as saying. “They have every chance of losing this case if they go after our legislation on genetically modified organism labelling. 

“The likelihood of their losing, in addition to the impact it would have on them if they lost, would normally be something that would dissuade them.” 

The EU recently adopted new directives requiring food and feed to be labelled if it contains more than 0.9% GM ingredients. The US has argued that the proposed rules are unworkable and represent a further trade barrier.