30 Jul 2008

Rice withdrawn from sale

12:10 pm on 30 July 2008

An imported rice product has been withdrawn from sale because it contains GM rice which is not approved for sale in New Zealand.

The Food Safety Authority says it is not aware of any health concerns from the rice variety, Bt63, but says it has not undergone a safety assessment.

The importer has undertaken to voluntarily remove any remaining product from sale and ensure that further imports meet New Zealand standards.

The FSA says it is working with the relevant Chinese authorities to identify the source of the rice.