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US keeps up labelling opposition.

The US government has denied it is planning to introduce a labelling system for foods containing GMOs.

It has been widely rumoured that a labelling system in line with Europe's would be unveiled at World Trade Organisation talks in Seattle next month.

The issue is expected to be a hot topic at the talks. But US government officials are adamant they have no plans to introduce their own scheme, even though America is now almost alone in its opposition to GM labelleing.

Instead, the US representatives are expected to use the Seattle talks to ensure countries introducing rules to control the use of GMOs are doing so on the basis of science and not as a way of discriminating against US exporters.

However, there is growing pressure from US consumer groups for their government to follow the European lead and introduce labelling rules.
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Date:Oct 2, 1999
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