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‘EU lawmakers have rejected a hard-won compromise which would have allowed member states to decide whether or not to import Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for use in food and animal feed.

The European Parliament voted 557 to 75 against on a law which took the European Commission years to negotiate amid deep suspicions about the possible health and safety implications of GMO products.

The outcome, however, turned on a matter of principle – allowing member states to ban GMO products would mean erecting barriers within the EU’s most cherished achievement, its single market of more than 500 million people.’

Read more: EU countries won’t be able to opt out from genetically-modified food