Bayer Finds Unapproved Modified Rice in Sample

From Bloomberg News

Bayer, the second-biggest corn-seed producer in the U.S., detected trace amounts of an unapproved genetically engineered rice variety in commercial U.S. samples, posing a threat to a portion of rice exports.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration concluded that there were “no human health, food safety or environmental concerns associated with the rice,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said.

Bayer found the modified rice in storage bins of long-grain rice in Arkansas and Missouri, the USDA said. The agency said it didn’t know where the rice was grown.