GMO news related to New Zealand

18.04.2008 |

Chinese rice faces GE tests in New Zealand

The New Zealand Food Safety Authority’s (NZFSA) focus on rice comes as the EU has introduced an urgent testing regime as Beijing has been unable to prevent unauthorised Bt-63 genetically engineered rice from reaching Europe. The New Zealand and Australian food standards authority has approved the two countries’ first genetically engineered rice -- LLRice62 -- as ”safe and wholesome” for dinner plates, despite opposition from lobby groups. Yesterday, the NZFSA confirmed it was testing 13 samples of Chinese rice products of the same type that EU authorities have identified as being affected by Bt-63.