Testing to be carried out for illegal GM rice

The Food Standards Agency is testing and monitoring consignments of American long grain rice in the UK.

The announcement follows a statement by the United States authorities that trace amounts of genetically modified (GM) rice have been found in a sample of rice in the US.

According to information provided by the UK's Rice Association, GM material has been detected at very low levels and could be present in imports already in the UK.

No GM rice has been approved for sale in the EU and therefore GM varieties should not be present in imported rice.