EU Puts Strict Testing on China Rice

The European Union issued strict testing rules on imported rice from China this week. The policy change comes after EU officials repeatedly warned China to keep a banned rice out of Europe. From the Associated Press via the Houston Chronicle:

EU Health Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said the decision was intended to prevent any future imports of the banned Bt-63, genetically modified variety of rice, which was discovered during 2006-2007 by national food safety authorities.

“Under food safety legislation only GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) which have undergone a thorough scientific assessment and authorization procedure may be put on the EU market,” Kyprianou said in a statement.

The new testing, scheduled to begin April 15, will raise costs for Chinese exporters.

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