Upcoming talks between the governments of Korea and the US are likely to be dominated by a debate on genetically modified organisms.

The Korean government last year introduced legislation compelling importers of GM corn to indicate GM content on labelling. Jon M. Huntsman, deputy US Trade Representative (USTR), is set to engage in talks with the Korean Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MOAF) today [Monday] and tomorrow about the launch of the labelling system.

Ministry sources are reported to have revealed that Huntsman is expected to call for the Korean government to soften the labelling requirements as the Korean law mandates certificates that verify that the GMO items have been separated from non-GMO ones in each step of production and marketing of the products.

US exporters have allegedly complained that the detailed labelling system adversely affects their business performance.