In response to the discovery of unauthorized GMO rice in shipments of long grain
Four weeks ago, EU authorities found grains of Liberty Link Rice 601, a strain of biotech rice, in a shipment that had been certified free of genetically modified rice. According to Friends of the Earth, an environmental lobby, "there have now been almost 80 cases of contamination across
U.S. officials say it is too difficult and expensive to test all rice for GMO strains, and that biotech rice poses no risk to human health. Philip Tod, the commission's spokesman for health issues, says the need for testing is not based on health concerns but rather because the GMO rice is unauthorized.
European authorities said they would propose mandatory testing after a 15 day period in which European and U.S. officials could attempt to come to an agreement. European Commission and
The U.S. sent about 198,000 tons of long-grain rice to the EU last year, and exports about half of its total rice harvest.