Report: U.S. ships banned GM rice

August 28, 2006

Britons have reportedly been unwittingly eating banned genetically modified rice imported from the United States for months, if not years.

The European Commission stopped imports of the rice last week, The Independent reported, noting U.S. inspectors in January discovered the banned rice was contaminating export stocks of long-grain rice.

European governments are reportedly furious the Bush administration delayed warning them.

The unauthorized rice was developed by Bayer CropScience to tolerate herbicides. It was tested on U.S. farms between 1998 and 2001, but the company decided not to market it and never submitted it for official approval.

Although Bayer notified the U.S. government on July 31, it wasn't until 18 days later the Bush administration told importers and only told British officials an hour before a news conference that made the contamination public, The Independent said.

Last Thursday, the EC banned U.S. rice imports unless the shipments can be proved to be free of the genetically modified rice.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Related Stories

Recommended for you

Seeing quantum motion

August 28, 2015

Consider the pendulum of a grandfather clock. If you forget to wind it, you will eventually find the pendulum at rest, unmoving. However, this simple observation is only valid at the level of classical physics—the laws ...

Study shows female frogs susceptible to 'decoy effect'

August 28, 2015

(Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has found that female túngaras, frogs that live in parts of Mexico and Central and South America, appear to be susceptible to the "decoy effect." In their paper published in the journal ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.