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Spanish rice companies suspended U.S. rice imports in August
Spanish rice producers, said on Friday they suspended rice imports from the United States in August after detecting genetically modified grain in a shipment.

U.S. rice traders shrugged off the news due to the small amount of U.S. rice that Spain buys and the decision being made more than a month ago. Rice prices at the Chicago Board of Trade rose 5 to 12 cents per hundredweight on Friday morning.

"We have suspended imports from the USA since August 18," said in a statement.

"The detection of GMO rice was a complete surprise to us and we regret having to take this decision due to the close ties we have with that country (the United States),".

"We are importing from other countries, except for China, which also uses transgenic seeds," a spokeswoman said.

They did not say how much rice it usually imports from the United States, but said it mainly bought U.S. rice to send to Northern Europe and supplied the Spanish market from production in Seville.

Last year, Spain bought about 20,000 tonnes of U.S. rice. In 2005, EU member states bought a total of 300,000 tonnes of U.S. rice, with 85 percent being long grain.

No biotech rice is allowed to be grown, sold or marketed on the territory of the European Union's 25 countries.

In August, the European Commission tightened rules governing imports of U.S. long-grain rice to prove the absence of the LL Rice 601 strain, which it said was marketed by Germany's Bayer AG and produced in the United States.

Its decision followed the discovery by U.S. authorities of trace amounts of the GMO rice, engineered to resist a herbicide, in long-grain samples that were targeted for commercial use.
MGR Archive 30.9.2006
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