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While the European Commission has approved a directive that is designed to allow biotech companies to apply for approval of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), there already is considerable doubt as to whether any real change will take place.

According to published reports, a number of European Union member countries already have said that they will not approve products containing GMOs because of a lack of labeling laws and traceability requirements. Denmark, France, Greece, Italy, and Luxembourg are among the countries looking for more stringent regulations.

The US Trade Representative, Richard Mills said that “while we appreciate today's announcement by the European Commission, it remains unclear whether it will lead to any real change.”
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