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Rice
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2007

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USA - US Department of Agriculture stops planting and distribution of contaminated long grain rice.

On 5th of March 2007 the USDA issued the following statement:
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is taking action to prevent the planting and distribution of a long-grain rice seed known as Clearfield CL131 because testing by a private company has revealed the possible presence of trace levels of genetic material not yet approved for commercialization.

"APHIS began issuing emergency action notifications (EANs) yesterday, March 4, to inform distributors that this seed, scheduled for planting this spring, must be held until APHIS can verify and identify the presence of additional genetic material. APHIS directed distributors to begin notifying producers yesterday. Additional EANs are being issued to affected producers as they are identified.

Update 23rd March 2007

The USDA has now confirmed that Clearfield rice had become contaminated with Bayers’ LLRICE604. This is another unapproved variety of like LLRICE601 that caused widespread contamination of the global rice supplies in 2006.

For full details of the rice contamination by LLRICE604 click here
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Further information

STATEMENT BY DR. RON DEHAVEN REGARDING APHIS HOLD ON CLEARFIELD CL131 LONG-GRAIN RICE SEED >

USDA identifies rice in latest GM contamination >


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