GMO contaminated rice: Products recalled around the world

Five hundred tonnes of Indian GMO rice have been mistakenly used in many countries to make, among other things, sweets for the Mars company. The affected products that are being sold in the European Union are being recalled.

The European Union site RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) identifies illegalities in food products. In June 2021[1], the discovery of batches of GMO rice flour illegally imported from India was mentioned. A second notification concerning this same rice was filed on the RASFF website in August 2021[2]. In both cases, it was France that warned the European Commission of the illegal presence.

Many countries affected

These batches of flour were marketed in several European countries (Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom and Ukraine), as well as in the United States, Iraq, Mauritius, Qatar, Dubai, Lebanon, Senegal and Turkey.

The RASFF specifies that the issue concerns 500 tons of broken Indian white rice which was imported into Europe, transformed into rice flour, resold and put on the market in many European countries as an ingredient in (among other things) chocolate sweets from the Mars company (M&M’s Crispy) and baked goods. In France, information published on the government site Recall Conso [3][4][5] specifies the lot numbers involved in the recall of M&M’s Crispy….

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