U.S. Rice Exports to EU Might Have Illegal GM Varieties of Rice

In a recent development, EU countries are testing all U.S. long grain rice imports to ensure that these varieties have not been genetically modified illegally. Each and every U.S. consignment would be tested to ensure that the variety is absolutely safe. The new rules would be implemented in a few days. The EU nations have taken the action after it was reported that a banned genetically modified long grain rice strain called Liberty Link Rice 601 might have landed up in the consignment headed towards EU countries. These tests had to be done as both U.S. and EU had failed to agree on how to check whether the rice being imported was legal or not. The cost of testing would have to be borne by the exporter.

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