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Lawsuits Filed Over Genetically Modified Rice

posted on September 22, 2006

A strain of biotech rice found in a mill processing non-gmo rice has lead to the filing of four federal lawsuits by Louisiana farmers. The farmers contend the LL601 strain of Bayer CropScience rice somehow "escaped" from test plots and crossed into commercial fields.

News of the contamination led to a sharp drop in the market price for rice and has hurt sales to overseas markets where consumers oppose genetically modified foods. The European Union is now requiring testing of all long-grain rice imports from the U.S.

The named plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit said more than 35,000 barrels of rice sit in storage at his farm because of poor market conditions.

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