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From: Mark Graffis, INTERNET:email@example.com
To: Patricia Dines, 73652,1202
Date: Wed, Apr 9, 1997, 4:34 PM
Subject: European Parliament Wants Gene-Corn Banned
Copyright © 1997 The Associated Press
STRASBOURG, France (April 8, 1997 1:31 p.m. EDT) -- The European
Parliament overwhelmingly voted Tuesday to recommend an end to the
sale of genetically-altered corn in the 15-nation European Union.
By a vote of 407-2, parliament called on the European Commission to
suspend its authorization for imports of the grain, which was granted
last December to Ciba-Geigy, which has since merged with Sandoz to
form a new company called Novartis.
The European Commission, the EU's executive agency, is not bound by
the parliament's resolution to change its policy.
Farmers, environmentalists and consumer groups have protested the
imports, which largely come from the United States, contending the
corn hasn't been adequately proven safe.
Parliament's push to end the corn sales comes as trade officials from
Europe and the United States prepare to meet in Washington next week
to discuss EU regulations for genetically-altered food products.
Austria and Luxembourg already have banned the corn imports, saying
the herbicides and antibiotic-resistant chemicals used in its
production have not been sufficiently tested.
France banned the cultivation of genetically-modified corn last
February, but is permitting the imports that carry special labeling.