We’ve all had to fight to get our orders on time and for us to receive our food, but the Chinese government has one more thing to worry about: the box of rice.
According to The New York Times, a new regulation from the Chinese state government will require all restaurants and grocery stores in China to carry boxes of rice, even if it’s just a bowl of noodles, as a matter of health safety.
The regulation is likely to put an additional burden on China’s rice growers, as it’s estimated that about a third of the world’s rice is grown in China.
In the United States, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, in its 2015 Food Safety Report, estimated that only about half of the rice grown in the U.S. comes from areas where the local water supply is contaminated with fecal material, so the amount of waste in the local food supply could be significant.
The report also noted that more than 40 percent of the U:S.
rice supply is imported from other countries.
The FDA is also investigating whether China has been violating food safety standards, the Times reports.