Viewing cable 06VILNIUS902
Title: LITHUANIA SEIZES GENETICALLY MODIFIED RICE

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06VILNIUS9022006-09-28 13:47:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Vilnius
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PP RUEHAG RUEHDF RUEHIK RUEHLZ
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P 281347Z SEP 06
FM AMEMBASSY VILNIUS
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 0629
RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RUEHRC/DEPT OF AGRICULTURE WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
UNCLAS VILNIUS 000902 
 
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E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAGR ECON LH
SUBJECT: LITHUANIA SEIZES GENETICALLY MODIFIED RICE 
 
REF: A) STATE 137943, B) VILNIUS 803 
 
¶1. (U) Local press reported September 28 that Lithuanian officials 
had seized 880 kg of U.S.-exported rice, part of a shipment that the 
EU identified as containing genetically modified (GM) rice.  This 
shipment arrived in Belgium and was then broken up and sent to other 
EU countries, including Lithuania.  The article also stated that the 
EU issued an order on September 26 directing member states to 
identify and seize this rice. 
 
¶2. (U) The State Food and Veterinary Service (SFVS) confirmed for us 
that this EU directive stemmed from the GM rice described in ref A. 
As of mid-day September 28, SFVS also confirmed that it had 
identified and seized 880 kg of rice belonging to this shipment and 
that it expected to finish its search by the end of the day and 
issue a full report to the EU on September 29.  Most of the rice was 
in the possession of "VP Market," which operates the largest retail 
chain in Lithuania.  SFVS also told us that an "unknown quantity" 
had already reached consumers.  (SFVS officials foreshadowed these 
actions to us when we discussed the potential problems with this 
particular rice shipment with them for the first time last month -- 
ref B.) 
 
¶3. (U) SFVS will not test the rice itself.  SFVS has determined only 
that this rice belonged to the shipment in question; it has not 
determined that any of the rice seized in Lithuania is GM.  SFVS, in 
coordination with EU authorities, plans to return the rice to the 
original shipper. 
 
¶4. (SBU) Lithuanians are generally poorly informed about 
biotechnology, but tend to believe that GM products are somehow 
harmful.  This story did not receive much attention in the press, 
but biotech critics here are likely to use this kind of example to 
urge the GOL to remain skeptical about GM products. 
 
CLOUD