Biotech Updates

ASA Comments on EU Free Trade Agreement

February 10, 2012

The American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted formal comments to the US Trade Representative Ron Kirk to move for an improvement of the nation's trade relationship with the European Union.

ASA pointed out that multiple EU policies hinder the importation and use of biotech crops from the United States such as delays in approvals of new biotech traits, despite positive assessments by the European Food Safety Authority; commercially infeasible requirements on biotech content in food products under EU Traceability and Labeling Regulations; state-by-state restrictions on biotech imports; and application of National Seed Catalog and Coexistence requirements to planting of biotech crops by certain EU member states.

The ASA members hope that with this meeting, new partnerships and resolutions will be forged for the benefit of all.

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