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GRAIN GROUP SEEKS ALIGNMENT OF U.S./EU FOOD SAFETY RULES

European grain trade association Coceral has urged the European Union to harmonize its regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMO) and agrochemicals with those of the U.S. The call comes in advance of the next round of talks in pursuit of a trade and investment partnership this month. The association urges action to remove trade barriers, such as the EU’s slower GMO approval process and its “zero tolerance” policy on the low-level presence of GM strains that are approved in the U.S. but not yet in the EU, as well as on differences in authorized agrochemical residue levels, Agrow reports. But the European Commission says EU food safety rules will not be changed. “There will be no give and take on standards,” said EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht in February.

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