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SeMo Rice Farmers Also Join in Biotech Lawsuit

SEPTEMBER 7, 2006 - Posted at 4:35 p.m. CDT


CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - Three southeast Missouri rice farmers are suing Bayer Cropscience USA, claiming the company negligently allowed a strain of genetically modified rice to escape research fields.

The result is falling prices for rice, according to the suit filed yesterday in federal court in Cape Girardeau.  It seeks unspecified damages.

The rice is altered to resist herbicides.  Discovery of the rice in shipments from Riceland Foods Incorporated processing plants in Missouri and Arkansas were announced last month.

The strain of modified rice is not approved by the Department of Agriculture.  Japan has suspended imports and the European Union is requiring expensive tests.

A Bayer spokesman declined comment on the suit but says the rice poses no health threat.

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