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AMI, Others Urge Action Against Pending Mexican Biotech Labeling Law

Thursday, February 8, 2001

AMI has urged the Bush Administration to intervene in biotech labeling legislation pending in Mexico. President Bush will visit Mexican President Vicente Fox next month. A letter cosigned by 21 organizations was sent to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick. The legislation, which would require biotech foods to be labeled as "transgenic" or as a product containing biotech ingredients, likely will be acted upon by the Mexican Chamber of Deputies in March. If enacted, the legislation could negatively impact U.S. farmers, grain handlers, food companies and biotechnology providers and threaten relations with Mexico, the groups said. The letter also says there is no scientific basis for special labeling of GMOs, according to findings by the American Medical Association and the National Academy of Sciences. To view a copy of the memo, visit http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Biotechnology&NavMenuID=138&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=372

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