Deadline looms in U.S.-Mexico GM corn dispute

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The discussion period between the U.S. and Mexico over a pending ban on genetically modified corn ends Friday. It is the first step the U.S. has taken in formal trade consultations over Mexico’s plan to restrict imports of GM corn.

Officials from both countries met behind closed doors last week, with Mexico trying to justify its action with claims that the grain is a threat to the country. The technical consultation period formally ends on April 7, at which point the U.S. Trade Representative’s office could file a formal dispute. USTR could also elect to extend the consultation period.

Senator Chuck Grassley and other agriculture lawmakers are urging Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai to file a formal dispute.

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