The Caterer
Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

Chinese restaurants warned of banned GM rice from China

22 April 2008 by

Chinese restaurant owners in London have been warned to look out for a banned strain of Genetically Modified rice from China.

Officers from Westminster City Council food team visited premises in Chinatown and across the city last Friday, after the Food Standards Agency released an alert about the rice products.

The products contain an unauthorised genetically modified rice known as Bt63 that has been deemed unsafe for consumption. The product was banned by the European Commission through an emergency measure on 15 April.

The FSA alert has been issued to all premises likely to use Chinese rice products across Westminster, including restaurants and food manufacturers.

Richard Block, operations manager for food, health and safety at Westminster council, said: "We've worked hard with the Chinese community to build on the reputation of Chinatown as a safe and enjoyable night out, which is why we've taken such tough, decisive action so soon after the alert to reassure the public and ensure those in the catering trade are fully aware of the restriction on this strain of genetically modified rice."

Food producers must put health and safety first >>

Diners demand they know meat's origins >>

By Gemma Sharkey

E-mail your comments to Gemma Sharkey here.

The Caterer Blog](http://www.caterersearch.com/blogs/catering-news-blog/) Catch up with more news and gossip on the Caterer Blog here
[Newsletters For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our e-mail newsletters.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.

close

Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking