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TITLE:  CHINA BUYS MORE THAI RICE AS GMO CHARGE CLEARED

SOURCE: Thai News Agency, Thailand

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URL:    http://etna.mcot.net/query.php?nid=30425

DATE:   10.07.2007

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CHINA BUYS MORE THAI RICE AS GMO CHARGE CLEARED

BANGKOK, July 10 (TNA) - Exports of Thai rice to China are expected to increase this year after charges that rice shipped there were tainted by genetically modified (GMO) grain was proven to be unfounded, Thai Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thira Sutabutr said Tuesday. Chinese authorities in Guangdong province earlier complained that three lots of Thai rice shipped to the province in May were tainted with GMO but it was later determined that foreign substances were mixed with Thai rice apparently by unscrupulous Chinese importers, Mr. Thira said. After gaining confidence that Thai rice exported to China would not pose any problem in future, Mr. Thira said Chinese rice experts would visit Thailand next month to inspect rice production and export procedures, he said. Statistics released by the Ministry’s National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards said Thailand last year exported 671,854 tonnes of rice to China valued about Bt10.48 billion while it imported 105 tonnes of Chinese rice products worth Bt2.3 million. During the first five months of this year, Thailand exported 163,210 tonnes of rice to China worth Bt2.69 billion and imported 62 tonnes of Chinese rice products valued at Bt1.3 million.


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