The UK government has promised to ban fake metal plates from the country’s food labels.
The move comes as food manufacturers around the world are pushing for tighter controls over their ingredients.
A number of countries have already banned the plates, but the UK has never implemented a blanket ban.
A spokesman for the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) told the BBC that the government was working on a range of options and would announce the ban in the coming months.
The plate can be found in many restaurants across the UK and is also being made into a food product by a number of manufacturers.
The plates are made of aluminium or nickel.
The FSA said: ‘As part of the UK Food Standards Code, the FSA will be reviewing whether it is appropriate to ban or restrict the use of plates in food production.’
There is no legal requirement for plate production in the UK, but if the plate is deemed to be counterfeit, it would need to be tested for its quality, and if deemed to have been made with an imitation metal, it could be banned.’
In the UK we have a wide range of testing equipment available to us, including an international standard called the International Metal Oxidation Test (IMOT) to check for the presence of counterfeit metal.’
We have been looking at the possibility of a UK-wide plate ban, which would provide a level of clarity and certainty for all of our food suppliers and food manufacturers.’
The plate is made of metal which is hard to distinguish from other metals in the environment and the way that the metal reacts when exposed to air, water and sunlight.
It is also made of titanium and magnesium, which is the same metal as the metal used in the plate itself.
The plates have come under scrutiny in recent years, with a number companies in the US, Australia and New Zealand accusing the plates of being made with harmful substances, such as mercury.
‘We’re not going to let our plates get in the way of this debate,’ one restaurant chain told the New York Times last year.