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Rice: Imports

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many shipments containing US long grain rice have been rejected at UK ports of entry for failing to comply with emergency EU legislation on GM Rice (LL601) since August 2005; and what the volume was of each shipment. (123683)

Commission Decision 578/2006 came into force in August 2006 and required all imports of United States (US) long grain rice into the European Union to be certified free from the unauthorised genetically modified (GM) rice LL601. This Decision was replaced in September by Decision 601/2006, which was amended in November to require such imports to be subject to additional re-testing at the point of import. Two shipments of US long grain rice arriving in the United Kingdom have been rejected, as they arrived in September 2006 without the necessary certificate, and testing at the port indicated the presence of the unauthorised GM rice. These shipments were of 183 and 22 tonnes.