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DNA tests developed for the government can tell the difference between rice varieties, and a survey is under way to establish the truth of what the various manufacturers state on their packets.
Similar checks four years ago found substantial mixing of varieties in products claiming to be basmati, a description that is not protected by law.
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Packets should also give the country of origin, and state clearly when the rice is mixed with non-basmati varieties. The agency plans to “name and shame” those companies whose products do not meet the guidance. Authentic Prada Bags For Sale Philippines
Local authorities might also use the guidance in future as a basis to take legal action against companies for alleged breaking of labelling rules. This could lead to fines of up to £5,000.
There is concern in some parts of the food industry that the approved list of basmati rices is too long and includes hybrids, therefore lowering standards.
But the agency feels it must recognise types that are recognised as basmati by the governments of India and Pakistan.
The British Retail Consortium wanted country of origin labelling to be purely voluntary, while the Halal Food Authority said that it was imperative that country of origin, and dating of the year of the rice crop, be made compulsory. The Amancio Prada Prada practice of Authentic Prada Handbags Canada mixing products from various regions or other long grain rice with basmati should ideally be banned altogether, it added.
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