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n2doc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:50 PM
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Japan bans US rice- contaminated with GM strains
Japan bans 'contaminated' US rice


Japan has suspended US long-grain rice imports after supplies were found to contain a genetically engineered variety that is unapproved for sale.
The European Commission said it was seeking information from US authorities "with the utmost urgency".

"Trace amounts" of the experimental rice variety were detected in US commercial supplies by the German company Bayer CropScience. Bayer then notified US officials about the positive test. The genetically engineered rice variety, LLRICE 601, possesses bacterial DNA that makes the rice plants resistant to a weedkiller. The strain is not approved for sale in the US, but two other strains of rice with the same genetically engineered protein are. The majority of US rice imported by Japan is short- and medium-grain. These are unaffected by the ban. A spokesperson for the Japanese embassy in London said the ban would likely remain in place "until the US can say the rice no longer contains the genetically engineered variety".

Antonia Mochan, a European Commission spokesperson for science and research told the BBC: "This is a matter of utmost urgency for us and we will be looking to act as soon as we can once we have the knowledge that can inform that decision." She would not rule out a suspension of imports, but said many options could be considered depending on the answers they received. In a statement, US agriculture secretary Mike Johanns said: "There are no human health, food safety, or environmental concerns associated with this (genetically engineered) rice."

Officials at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said the GM variety had been found in samples from storage bins in Arkansas and Missouri. The bins hold rice from several states, making it difficult to know what state the rice came from. Secretary Johanns said the US Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (Aphis) was conducting an investigation to determine how the release happened and whether it broke USDA regulations.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5271384.stm
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 12:57 PM
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1. Regulations? What regulations?
Edited on Mon Aug-21-06 12:58 PM by rocknation
Bush don't have to show you no stinking regulations!

:eyes:
rocknation
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mtnester Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-21-06 09:55 PM
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2. Hey, we snuck GM products into Great Britain where it was
strictly prohibited....want to make sure EVERYONE gets a dose of this ya know.

Kind of like global nuclear war, in a different way. Everyone gets a taste.

OK, so does anyone besides me think this might be...deliberate? Or is it a science experiment gone horribly wrong?
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Nihil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-22-06 08:31 AM
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3. I go for option 1 ...
... allowing the use of the "well, it's already out there so why delay
things any further?" argument ...

It still p*sses me off that the manufacturers managed to buy the Law
Lords to ensure that GM-free food is not allowed to be labelled as such
("in case it causes an adverse reaction from the public towards foods
not so labelled" ... i.e., against the GM-filled foods that the public
would like the choice of avoiding.)
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