EU votes to exclude sectors from trade talks with US


Genetically modified foods in particular could be a deal-breaker, with Europe adopting a “precautionary principle” that bans foods until they're proven safe, while U.S. regulators assume foods are safe unless proven otherwise.

The State Department had no comment on the EU Parliament's vote. But the Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert Hormats reiterated the administration's call for a comprehensive trade pact in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations panel on Thursday.

“Our goal is to have as broad a mandate as we can on our side,” Hormats said. “We're also encouraging the Europeans to do the same.”

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