USDA PROVIDES UPDATE FOR FARMERS ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED RICE
WASHINGTON, Nov. 24, 2006--The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service today announced that tests have identified 2003 Cheniere variety as the only foundation seed that tested positive for genetically engineered (GE) LLRICE601. The tests were conducted as part of an ongoing investigation of the release of regulated material into supplies of commercial long-grain rice.
It is APHIS policy not to disclose results of an inquiry until a full investigation is complete. However, this peripheral information is being made available now to assist farmers in making decisions in preparation for the 2007 planting season and to inform trading partners as part of the agency’s commitment to transparency. LLRICE601, previously reviewed for safety by APHIS and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is determined to present no human health, food safety or environmental concerns. This protein has been scientifically reviewed and approved for use in a dozen countries around the world.
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