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EU Gets Tough On GM Rice

The European Commission said yesterday that on Monday 23 October it will ask all European Union national food safety experts to require mandatory testing of all imports of US long-grain rice at EU ports after talks on an agreed testing regime broke down. The decision follows the detection of a herbicide resistant strain, illegal in the EU, in rice certified GM-free by the US. The mandatory testing will result in considerable extra costs to US rice exporters.

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