EU says US rice needs proof not contaminated
„We have strict legislation in place in the EU to ensure that any GM product put on the European market has undergone a thorough authorization procedure based on scientific assessment,” EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said in the statement. „There is no flexibility for unauthorized GMOs - these cannot enter the EU food and feed chain under any circumstances.” Brussels-based environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe welcomed yesterday's decision in an e-mailed statement, and said the incident „highlights the need for new, tighter EU measures to prevent future contamination incidents from occurring.” The European Commission said the „emergency measures” it adopted yesterday take effect immediately and will last for six months. The measures will be reviewed by the EU's member countries within 10 days. „Controls will be carried out on consignments at the EU borders, to ensure that no product containing unauthorized GMOs is being imported, and member states will also carry out sample testing on products already on the EU market,” the commission said. The US is one of the major suppliers of rice to the EU. The EU imports approximately 20,000 tons of long grain husked, semi-milled and wholly milled rice from the US per month on average, the statement said. (Bloomberg)
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