India exports only Non GMO rice to world: Centre

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New Delhi: India is exporting strictly Non GMO rice to World, the Centre said on October 20, 2021.

The clarification came after news of candy giant Mars Wrigley carried out a mass recall of several batches of its Crispy M&Ms across Europe this August “due to the use of one ingredient: rice flour with genetically modified (GM) contamination that allegedly originated in India.”

“There is no commercial variety of GM rice in India, in fact the commercial GM cultivation of rice is banned in India. There is no question of export of GM rice from India. A particular incident which is reported through Rapid Alert by EU, the GMO contamination is suspected to have been found in the rice flour which was processed in EU and they themselves are not sure of the exact source of contaminant. The broken white rice exported from India, which is allegedly one of the possibilities has passed through many hands before reaching to the actual processors in EU,” said Ministry of Commerce & Industry in a press release.

It added: “There is always a possibility of mixing or cross contamination at every stage. The exporter however, has confirmed that the rice exported was Non GMO and there is hardly any possibility of cross contamination even during inland transit as the final sample was drawn at the port of loading by an independent inspection agency having the International recognition who after due to testing and verification issued Non GMO certificate before shipment. The cross contamination if any, could be possible while processing of the broken rice into final products.”

The Ministry said that the experts in India both from Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) and Agricultural experts from IARI and other rice experts in India are investigating the matter, but it’s re-confirmed that commercial GM variety of rice is not grown in India. (Press Release)

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