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G7 Leaders reject policing of world food standards



"France's proposal for a world regulator did not win the support of the
United States, where agrochemical conglomerates such as Monstanto and
Novartis are based."

So does that imply that consensus was based on a 6-1 split with the U$ on
the side of Mr.Greed ?

Cheers

MichaelP
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GUARDIAN (London) Monday June 21, 1999


Leaders reject GM policing

Ian Black in Cologne

Leaders of the G7 industrial nations and Russia in Cologne failed to agree
a French plan for a body to police world food standards, but compromised
by setting up global scientific working groups to review genetic
modification questions.

Tony Blair said at the end of yesterday's summit that he welcomed a
decision to "evaluate evidence properly", saying people needed to know
genetic modification issues were being carefully scrutinised.

"Given the controversy and debate over GM foods I think this is a
worthwhile thing to do," he said. "The more people see what's happening
around the world the better."

France's proposal for a world regulator did not win the support of the
United States, where agrochemical conglomerates such as Monstanto and
Novartis are based. But the summit directed the Organisation on Economic
Cooperation and Development to "undertake a study of the implications of
biotechnology and other aspects of food safety."

Lobbyists warn that the latest scientific developments are creating a
future of dependency on GM crops before effective international safety
measures can be put in place.

The French president, Jacques Chirac, initially called for the creation of
an "international scientific high council", apparently supported by
Britain, Germany, Italy and the European Commission.

On Radio France International on Saturday, Mr Chirac said it was important
for "everyone to be able to feed themselves in complete confidence - which
underlines the importance of a problem which has become a vital one today,
that of food safety."

"It is a concern which requires serious attention at national level, which
without doubt requires an organisational effort at European level, but
which also requires an organisational effort at world level," he added.

France was recently hit by two food safety scares, and it now has a
partial ban on imports of Belgian animal products following concerns over
dioxin contamination.

French officials said that Mr Blair quickly backed Mr Chirac's proposal,
but during the course of the weekend the idea was watered down.

The less ambitious result - OECD study groups - are expected to report by
next year's conference in Japan.



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