Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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The recent development of genetically-modified agriculture has been accepted enthusiastically by the U.S. agricultural producers, but the European public has expressed fear that the so-called "Frankenstein Foods" may be harmful to health and the environment. Faced with this public outcry, the European Commission. passed regulations, which mandated that food products containing genetically-modified agricultural products be labeled as such. Although the European Commission appears to have passed its labeling requirements without express or hidden protective intent, the regulations stand to make U.S. producers less competitive in the European market than their European counterparts. This Note contends that the United States should challenge the European Commission's labeling requirements before the World Trade Organization (WTO). It concludes that the WTO would most likely find that the labeling requirements violate the 1994 Uruguay Round of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and force the European Commission to repeal the requirements.