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Incident details
Region/Continent and country:
North America / Canada
Category of incident:
What was contaminated:
Food
GM organism involved:
Rice
Year incident occurred:
2007

Route of contamination
Failure of control systems at Bayer CropScience

Canada – Bayer’s experimental LLRICE601 found in Canadian shops.

In November 2007, Greenpeace Canada sent rice purchased at Provigo, 50 Ave Mont-Royal in Montreal and at Buy Low Foods in the Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway in Vancouver to Genetic ID, an independent testing facility in Fairfield, Iowa. The presence of the experimental GE rice, LLRICE601, was found in both samples.

Greenpeace is demanding that all long grain rice imported from the United States be removed from store shelves in Canada "There are no assurances that this genetically engineered rice is safe for people to eat," said Josh Brandon, agriculture campaigner with Greenpeace." Even if genetically engineered food was labelled, which it isn’t anywhere in Canada, we would not know about the presence of this variety because of lax testing on the part of the authorities."

"If the Canadian government had taken the kinds of measures adopted by countries such as the UK, Russia or the Philippines, they would have found this experimental rice long ago, and it would not be found on store shelves across Canada today," continued Brandon. "Instead, Canadians are being experimented with, as this country becomes a dumping ground for genetically engineered rice that the rest of the world has already rejected."

Contaminated Rice samples

  • No Name brand, long grain white rice imported by Loblaws, product code 166J2, bar code, 60383 00833.
  • Western Family brand imported by Overwaitea, best before date: 09 07 16, bar code 62639 17323


For full details of the global rice contamination by LLRICE601 click here
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Further information

Government fails to detect illegal, genetically engineered variety – Press Release Greenpeace Canada 17th December 2007 >


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