Illegal genetically modified material has been found in American long grain rice, a Food Standards Agency survey has found.

The survey, on 31 samples of American long grain rice at mills in the UK, found the unauthorised GM material LLRICE601 in three samples.

“Rice containing trace levels of LLRICE601 is not likely to pose an imminent safety concern. However, its presence in food is illegal in the EU and the Agency has reminded retailers of their legal responsibility to ensure that the rice they sell does not contain unauthorised GM material,” the FSA said.