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The Associated Press reports that the European Union has refused to lift its five-year-old moratorium on new foods made from genetically modified ingredients, a move that is likely to further alienate the US, which accuses the EU of being in violation of trade agreements.

The specific proposal that was rejected by the EU would have allowed the sale of canned sweet corn from a strain developed by the Swiss-based Syngenta company.

The EU has approved new rules - scheduled to take effect next April - that are supposed to end the moratorium while imposing new labeling and traceability standards. These standards also are objected to by the US.
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