Viewing cable 06VILNIUS803
Title: LITHUANIA WILL STICK TO EU GUIDANCE ON RICE

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06VILNIUS8032006-08-28 12:30:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Vilnius
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RUEHRC/DEPT OF AGRICULTURE WASHINGTON DC
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WARSAW FOR FAS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/27/2016 
TAGS: EAGR ECON ETRD TBIO KPAO LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA WILL STICK TO EU GUIDANCE ON RICE 
 
REF: SECSTATE 137943 
 
Classified By: Political/Economic Section Chief Rebecca Dunham for reas 
ons 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
¶1. (C) Zenonas Stanevicius, Deputy Director of the State Food 
and Veterinary Service (SFVS), told us August 25 that 
Lithuania will adhere strictly to any EU guidelines regarding 
genetically engineered products, including rice.  He said 
that U.S.-produced rice amounted to slightly less then one 
percent of Lithuania's rice consumption and that the SFVS was 
working to determine whether or not any LLRICE 601 entered 
Lithuania.  He also said that Lithuanians, in general, held a 
decidedly negative attitude towards genetically modified food 
products.  We emphasized that the USG was actively 
investigating the facts of this case and that both the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration have evaluated this product and concluded that 
there are no health or environmental safety concerns 
associated with it. 
 
¶2. (U) One local daily reported August 28 that the European 
Commission has decided "to test strictly" all long-grained 
rice exported from the United States to the EU to prevent any 
"unregistered" genetically modified versions from entering. 
CLOUD