US trade chief urges Europe to open market to GM foods


Roddy Thomson
AFP
February 10, 2011

BRUSSELS — A top US trade official said she will bang down the door of the European Commission Thursday in a bid to break a longstanding impasse blocking the march of genetically-modified foods.

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“When Europeans come to the United States, they come and enjoy our cuisine with no concerns whatsoever,” Deputy US Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro said ahead of talks with European Union trade commissioner Karel De Gucht’s senior officials.

“Why should we have different standards in Europe?

“We have very strict safety standards — as do you — and I think that alone is good reason to make sure that our products are able to be sold in Europe,” she insisted.

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