The European parliament is expected to give the green light for two new laws, which will allow the EU to lift its five-year moratorium on approving genetically modified foods.

The new laws will try to diffuse the on-going dispute with America and will allow bio-crops to be grown and sold in Europe for the first time since 1998.

The laws set out strict requirements for labelling GM products. All products, from packets of crisps and biscuits to animal feed, will have to be labelled a GM product if they contain more than 0.9% of GM material.

Manufacturers, distributors and farmers will have to keep detailed ‘paper-trails’ on any GM organisms making their way through the commercial chain from farm to kitchen.

The EU regulations are expected to come into force in October, with the first approvals going through early next year.