TRADE DISPUTE THEATENS GOURMET ITEMS

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Although trade sanctions that could empty retailers' shelves of European gourmet food items have been put on hold until mid-summer at least, an industry leader has warned the dispute is on the brink of a trade war in which supermarkets, their customers and Western governments all stand to lose.Timothy Hammonds, president, Food Marketing Institute here, said it's of little solace

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Although trade sanctions that could empty retailers' shelves of European gourmet food items have been put on hold until mid-summer at least, an industry leader has warned the dispute is on the brink of a trade war in which supermarkets, their customers and Western governments all stand to lose.

Timothy Hammonds, president, Food Marketing Institute here, said it's of little solace to retailers that the World Trade Organization last week granted the European Union's

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