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Jamaica condemns 70 tonnes of rice imported from Guyana

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCinderella Rice export infested with insects – Jamaican AuthorityFebruary 15, 2019In “Business”OPINION: Rejected rice again; this time in Jamaica; no one is held accountableFebruary 11, 2019In “latest news”Rice from Guyana and Suriname to be released into Jamaica – SamudaDecember 14, 2016In “latest news” KINGSTON, Jamaica (Jamaica Observer) The Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID), in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) says it has confiscated 70 metric tonnes (1,575 bags) of White Cinderella rice from Guyana due to high microbial content.The rice, valued at approximately $4.6 million, was imported from Guyana by a local distributor was found to have signs of mould growth, clumping discolouration and wetting, and as a result was detained by a food storage inspector.The division advised that a statutory detention notice was subsequently placed on the rice and samples collected were submitted to the FSPID’s Microbiology Laboratory for testing.The results revealed that the rice had microbial levels above the accepted limits and as such was deemed not suitable for human consumptions and was condemned.The seizure is said to be the first for the year and was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively.The division further advised that in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal.The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. read more

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