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EU stems US imports of genetically modified rice
European nations on Monday voted to test all US long-grain rice imports to check they do not contain genetically modified versions, which are illegal in the European Union.

The decision follows the failure of US authorities to agree to a common sampling and testing protocol for the banned GM rice called "Liberty Link Rice 601" (LLRICE601) in consignments to the EU, the European Commission said in a statement.

The move follows the discovery, in September 2006, of illegal GM samples in shipments of US long grain rice, which had been certified as fit for the European market. Within the next few days, it is expected that all US rice imports will be checked at the port of entry to the EU.

"Despite extensive discussions between both sides, the US were unable to agree on the proposed protocol. US long-grain rice imports will continue to be subject to the certification requirements imposed when LL601 was first reported to be present in US rice in August 2006 the commission said.

Two consignments of US rice brought into Belgium and the Netherlands early in September 2006 and certified GM-free were found to be contaminated with the banned genetically modified LLRICE601 strain. They were part of a cargo of 20,000 tonnes of US rice which was blocked at a port in Rotterdam.

And French authorities have also recently found another unauthorised GM rice, LLRICE62, in US rice imports. The European Food Safety Agency has said that the contaminated rice "is not likely to pose an imminent safety concern to humans or animals".
MGR Archive 21.12.2006
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