Jay T. Taylor was quoted in an October 22 article published by Food Chemical News regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the food safety and quality standards that have been imposed on suppliers by multinational processors and retailers. As a speaker at the World Food Day symposium in Washington, D.C., Mr. Taylor questioned how private standards should be addressed under the World Trade Organization (WTO). "Government needs private standards and controls, but how do they interact with the WTO? When is a private standard truly private? If it's incorporated into a government standard, it would be subject to SPS disciplines. Are governments required to make sure that private standards comport with international norms? Most lawyers say no," Mr. Taylor said.