The starch producer China Essence Group has requested a halt in the trading of its shares on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX).

The request was made today (27 November), pending a further announcement.

The company's shares were last trading on the SGX at SGD0.595 (US$0.38), on a total volume of 291,000 shares.

No further details regarding the reason for the halt were available from the SGX. China Essence produces potato starch and other starch products.