Evira investigates presence of unauthorised GMO rice (LL RICE 601) on Finnish market


<div>US authorities have informed the EU Commission that GMO LL RICE 601 has possibly contaminated commercial rice in the USA and entered both the food chain and the feed chain. The suspicion concerns long grain rice. </div>

No authorisation for placement on the market has been applied for GMO LL RICE 601 in Europe or in the USA. According to the US authorities the GMO rice poses no safety risk to humans, animals or the environment. The European Food Safety Authority EFSA will also assess the safety documentation connected with LL601 rice. In other words, the presence of the GMO rice in commercial rice does not constitute a health hazard, but it does violate existing food legislation. The marketing of unauthorised GMO food and feed is not allowed in Europe.

The Commission has on 23 August 2006 adopted a decision concerning action taken with respect to GMO LL RICE 601. Pursuant to the decision no rice products under suspicion may be allowed to enter the market unless the consignment is accompanied by a certificate assuring the absence of GMO LL RICE 601. In addition, Member States shall carry out controls on products already on the market, to ensure that they are free from GMO LL Rice 601.

The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has started an investigation of the presence of unauthorised GMO rice on the Finnish market.

For more information, please contact:
GMO food – Senior Officer Sari Sippola, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24291
GMO feed – Senior Officer Tiina Seppälä, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 25228
GMO control – Senior Officer Erkki Vesanto, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 25380

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