The controversial subject of labeling of “biotech foods” in the United States recently has been reinvigorated by several occurrences.

These occurrences include the introduction of new legislation requiring the special labeling of foods (including meat and poultry) produced by modern biotechnology (H.R. 3377, 1999); the spillover effects of the European debate about “Frankenstein” foods (Klee, 1999) and requisite European Union (EU) labeling requirements (EU, 1998); a suit against the Food and Dr…

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