September 28, 2007
Rice Industry says no traces of GE rice
Early test results reveal no traces of genetically engineered rice in this year’s U. S. long-grain rice crop, according to the USA Rice Federation. According to an agribusiness newsletter, Feedstuffs, the rice harvest is more than half done in Arkansas and testing there and in Louisiana and Texas shows no trace of the unapproved Liberty Link genes that contaminated last year's crop. From the Arkansas Democrat Gazette:
More than 13 months after the U. S. Department of Agriculture announced that an unapproved, transgenic rice had been detected in U. S. longgrain rice supplies, the industry trade group on Wednesday reported preliminary findings about this year’s crop.
Test results thus far from Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas indicate that mandatory seedtesting programs have been effective in purging LibertyLink traits from this year’s longgrain rice crop, [USA Rice Federation senior vice president Bob] Cummings said. Arkansas took the lead by banning the 2007 planting of two rice varieties that had tested positive for the “adventitious presence,” or unintentional commingling, of trace amounts of the protein that makes LibertyLink rice varieties resistant to the herbicide Liberty, also known as glufosinate.
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