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Apr 19, 2010

EU Removes Restrictions Placed on U.S. Rice Imports After Bayer Liberty Link GE Rice Contamination

Reuters reports that the European Union has removed all restrictions on rice imports from the United States.  The restrictions were imposed in 2006 when U.S. rice stocks were discovered to contain trace amounts of gene modified (GM) rice. 

Up until this announcement, U.S. rice imports to the European Union have been hampered by the need to provide testing and documentation that the imports are free of the GM rice Liberty Link produced by Bayer CropScience. 

The European Union approved removing the testing and documentation restrictions following test results from the U.S. Rice Federation that demonstrated that the harvested 2009 U.S. rice crop did not contain LibertyLink rice.  It also received assurances that U.S. exporters would apply a strict testing plan to rice exports. 

Photo credit: Rice field, courtesy of IRRI.

For more see: "EU lifts restrictions on US rice imports - official," Reuters, 19 April 2010.

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