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Biotech traces found in rice pose no threat, Bayer officials say

Agriculture.com Staff 08/18/2006 @ 3:51pm

Bayer CropScience is cooperating closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration in connection with the biotechnology traces Bayer CropScience identified in samples of commercial rice in the United States, company officials said today.

Officials with USDA and FDA have confirmed that this rice poses no human health, food or feed safety or environmental concern.

These traces relate to a pre-commercial rice line, LLRICE601, developed by Bayer CropScience that produces a protein conferring herbicide tolerance. The protein is well-known to regulators and has been confirmed safe for food and feed use in a number of crops by regulators in many countries, including the EU, Japan, Mexico, U.S. and Canada.

Bayer CropScience has provided testing methods that are now being certified by the USDA. Company officials say they are supporting several commercial laboratories in setting up a testing method for industry use if requested.

Bayer CropScience is cooperating closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Food and Drug Administration in connection with the biotechnology traces Bayer CropScience identified in samples of commercial rice in the United States, company officials said today.

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