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The government denies reports that imported rice is plastic or contaminated

The Ministry of Agriculture says it monitors food entering the country; According to the minister, the imported grains should reach supermarkets within 40 days

BRASILIA-IL Minister of Agriculture denied this Wednesday 29th, in a note, the false news that the rice imported is contaminated or made of plastic. According to the Ministry, the accusations are false. “The Ministry of Agriculture monitors the entry of food into the country and the Conab tender specifies the type of rice to purchase”, explains the ministry.

The ministry recalled the government’s authorization for the import of up to 1 million tons of processed cereals National Supply Company (Conab) aims to guarantee food supplies throughout the national territory, which could be compromised by the impacts of floods on production in Rio Grande do Sul.

“In light of these measures, producers of disinformation have created false stories about the product to be imported. Among these rumors is the accusation that the imported rice is contaminated with worms, viruses or other parasites harmful to humans. Brazilian legislation and international agreements, regulations for the transit of plant products and agricultural inputs between countries establish standards to ensure the quality, safety and conformity of products, as well as assess the risk of the spread of pests,” the ministry explained.



The government highlighted that, in Brazil, inspection and control are carried out through the International Agricultural Surveillance System (Vigiagro) of the Ministry of Agriculture. “Phytosanitary procedures and requirements are specific to each type of commodity, including seeds and seedlings, beverages, food and agricultural inputs,” he added.

According to the ministry, the fact that imported rice is “plastic” is also a lie. “Is the public purchase notice published by Conab for the purchase of the grain explicit in specifying as the object ‘processed, polished, long rice, type 1, 2023/2024 harvest’?”, we read in the note.

The supply of rice in the country, according to the government, is regulated by regulatory instruction 6/2009. The standard recognizes only grains of the species Oryza sativa L. and classifies the product into two groups: paddy rice (natural or parboiled) and processed rice (whole, polished, whole parboiled and polished parboiled).

Supermarkets

The federal government estimates that the rice imported by Conab will arrive on supermarket shelves within 40 days, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Carlos Fávaro.

“The arrival time will depend on the location of the rice supplier, because, if it comes from Asia, it takes a little longer than the Mercosur players. I believe that in 30 or 40 days this rice will be on the supermarket shelves for the consumer, “said Fávaro, in an interview with the program Bom Dia, minister of the EBC.

According to Fávaro, rice imported by the government will be sold at R$20 per 5 kg package, with federal government identification, packaged at origin and at a fixed price. The rice to be purchased will be 1 needle type rice.

“The executive provisional measure authorizes the purchase of up to 1 million tonnes. We will purchase only as much as necessary until the market stabilizes, maintaining reasonable levels of consumer prices,” he said. According to him there will be no rationing of the quantity of sales per consumer.

The minister denied the idea that the government’s measure on rice imports constitutes state intervention. “The government does not want to intervene on the market, but it is necessary for the market to return to a fair price soon by counteracting speculation. We are far from any intervention, especially because if Brazil produces around 10.5 million tons of rice, 300 thousand tons will not they will come.” intervene,” he argued.

He also said the government does not intend to confront producers with this measure. “We know that Rio Grande do Sul has sufficient supplies and there is no risk of shortage, but the government must curb speculation. The price of rice has increased by 30% to 40% in a month, which is inconceivable. we would. It doesn’t need to matter if the situation is normal,” he said.

Source: Terra

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