French Wine May Contain Cow's Blood!
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Washington,  Feb. 27-  Brimming with frustration over France's vocal opposition to U.S. war plans in Iraq, House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday urged going nose-to-nose with the European nation over its Iraq policy and a series of trade disputes, and recommended slapping bright orange health warning labels on some imported French wines.

During a half-hour interview with the Tribune, Hastert, an Illinois Republican, launched into a lengthy and passionate denunciation of French obstreperousness toward the United States and advocated giving no ground to objections raised by the longtime American ally.

Hastert is preparing possible legislation to require that warning labels be placed on French red wine bottled before 1998. The labels would warn that the wine may contain cow's blood, a traditional agent used to remove excess tannins from red wine that was banned by the European Union in 1998 because of concerns about mad cow disease.

"I think that's wrong, especially with a country that had mad cow disease" Hastert said. "I think it's a health issue that we ought to at least let people know this product has been manufactured with raw bovine blood."

He also offered a long list of trade-related grievances against France, including the leading role it has taken in European opposition to American-grown genetically modified food and a French-led challenge to a U.S. tax incentive for exporters.

"I'm sorry, but we fought a war 230 years ago to not have European nations tell us how to tax and not tell us what we have to do. And all of a sudden, we're having this same type of imposition come back to us from the French, for God's sake" Hastert said.

iGreen comment

Hear hear!  The EU is considering banning GM foods without a shred of evidence that they are harmful, but seems happy to go on selling wine with traces of blood in it, which may transmit Mad Cow disease.   Before insisting on labelling GM foods they should  label French wine.   Vegetarians are being duped!


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