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.

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