Friday, October 06, 2006

Frankenrice

As if you don't have enough to worry about, you also got to be careful about what you eat. Spinach is contaminated with e. coli (probably from organic fertilizers or tainted irrigation water) and long grain rice is contaminated with a genetically engineered rice that is untested for human consumption. The USDA announced in August that rice engineered to resist chemical weed killers had entered the nation's supply of long grain rice. It is not known how the Bayer CropScience Liberty Link601 rice got into the food supply, but it was never approved for commercial use. The announcement came many months after the contamination. Now, the USDA is trying to "correct" the situation by rushing the frankenrice through the approval for human consumption process. That's a little like Speaker Hastert taking responsibility for not blowing the whistle on Predator Foley.