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TITLE:  Illegal GE rice contaminated leading retailer in China
SOURCE: Greenpeace China
        http://www.greenpeace.org/china/en/news/20050803_GE_Rice_in_Carrefour#
DATE:   3 Aug 2005

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Illegal GE rice contaminated leading retailer in China

Greenpeace discovered illegal genetically engineered (GE) rice in
Carrefour's store in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in China.
Carrefour is the largest foreign-owned supermarket chain store in China
and the second largest retailer in the world. Greenpeace demands
Carrefour to withdraw and stop selling rice from Hubei, and warns that
other retailers are at risk if the Chinese government does not recall the
illegal GE rice from the field and food chain.

Since April, we have uncovered illegal GE rice being grown in Hubei for
more than 3 years, and it has contaminated the rice market even in major
cities in Guangdong. We call for Carrefour to withdraw and stop selling
rice from Hubei, until illegal GE rice was withdrawn from the seed
market, field and the food chain; to start inspecting rice and rice
products sold in Carrefour in China to prevent contamination by illegal
GE rice; and to commit not to sell GE rice and products containing
ingredients derived from GE rice in stores in China.

China has not authorised the commercialisation of GE rice, any GE rice
found in the market is illegal and has not undergone sufficient safety
assessment for the environment and people's health. Consumers are
unknowingly buying untested GE rice from Carrefour. Contamination may
have spread to other retailers and even international market.

We will closely monitor Carrefour's response and urge for their non-GE
commitment.


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