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UK Food Standards Agency sued over bayer transgenic rice
Genetically modified rice unapproved for human consumption was on sale in the UK more than two months after the Food Standards Agency claimed it had been withdrawn from the market Friends of the Earth said Tuesday.

The discovery of the genetically modified rice, which may still be on sale in the UK, was presented on the first day of a court case brought by Friends of the Earth The incident is the most significant genetically modified, GM, food contamination episode to affect the United Kingdom, according to Friends of the Earth.

The legal challenge centers on the agency's failure to comply with an emergency EU law which instructed EU member states to remove unapproved genetically modified rice from the market.

The law was put in place after it was revealed in August 2006 that an experimental strain of GM rice - Bayer CropScience's LLRICE601, also known as Liberty Link® rice, had contaminated commercial rice supplies in the United States and been exported around the world.

On August 18, 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that LLRICE601 had contaminated commercial long grain rice, even though it had not been approved for commercial sale.

This contamination event prompted Japan to suspend long-grain rice imports from the United States and the European Union to impose strict controls.

In the UK, the genetically modified rice was found in Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Somerfield.
MGR Archive 23.2.2007
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