The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) field office in Stuttgart, Ark., has provided the USA Rice Federation with a "No Transgenic Rice Letterhead Statement" that is available for use by any exporter of U.S. rice.

The statement reads, in its entirety: "There are no transgenic rice varieties for sale or in commercial production in the United States at this time."

Sandra Metheny, field office manager for GIPSA's Stuttgart office, confirms that it is not necessary for exporters to perform any additional testing of rice.