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EU panel approves testing for imported U.S. long-grain rice.

EU panel approves testing for imported U.S. long-grain rice: As expected, a panel of EU food safety experts yesterday approved a mandatory testing regime for unauthorized genetically engineered rice in all imports of U.S. long-grain rice. The Bureau of National Affairs reports that the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health approved the draft decision taken by the European Commission on Oct. 4 for a common sampling and testing protocol for the biotech rice LLRICE601.

According to the Commission, the EU imported 224,000 tons of rice from the United States in 2005, which was valued at 63.3 million [euro] ($79.1 million). Approximately 80,000 tonnes of the rice imports from the United States was of the long-grain variety, the Commission said.
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Publication:Food & Drink Weekly
Date:Oct 30, 2006
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