July 14, 2024

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India to flag concern with France, EU over GM rice

India will sign up its issue with France and the European Union around becoming unjustly identified as the position of origin of five hundred tonnes of genetically modified damaged rice converted into rice flour by a French firm, Westhove, environment aside the fact that the state does not develop any business assortment of GM rice, government officials have explained.

The contamination could have happened at a afterwards phase though the imported damaged rice was becoming processed in the EU and could also be a conspiracy to malign the graphic of India as a reputable supplier of high-quality rice, the Commerce Ministry contended in a assertion.

‘Unjustly identified’

“Agriculture Ministry officials are in contact with officials at the Indian Mission to the European Union in Brussels who will take up the problem of the state becoming unjustly identified as the source of GM rice with France’s consultant workplace at the EU and the EC,” an formal advised BusinessLine.

Experts in India from the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee and IARI are investigating the subject in the light-weight of allegations, but they have re-confirmed that business GM assortment of rice is not grown in India, the Commerce Ministry assertion pointed out.

Before this yr, the European Commission’s Swift Notify Process for Food stuff and Feed stated that five hundred tonnes of Indian rice converted into rice flour by France’s Westhove had been flagged in the course of a regular examine for its GM content material. France issued a notification alerting Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the Uk and the US as the feasible vacation spot of merchandise created with the contaminated flour.

‘Something is fishy’

“Something is definitely fishy. GM traces are becoming noted in rice powder and not rice grain that is becoming exported from India. Considering the fact that India does not develop any GM rice, there is a possibility that rice from which the powder has been created is not of Indian origin,” explained Vinod Kumar Kaul, All India Rice Exporters’ Association.

Kaul explained that though the alerts have not impacted rice exports to the EU from India, the episode could have a unfavorable upcoming effects if not sorted out. India, a top rice exporter, posted a thirteen.seven per cent increase in rice exports in the course of April-August 2021 to ₹28,269 crore, per government figures.