By Ingrid Fernandez, Staff Reporter
This weekend, the Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) informed that they served a Notice of Detention and confiscated 27,571 pounds of rice from a local producer for breaching new rice standards.
The BBS issued new standards last October for rice labelling and packaging. However, according to the Bureau, rice is still being sold loosely in the market. This weekend a large amount of rice was removed from the producers for non-compliance of the new laws.
According to the Bureau, the producer breached Section 10 of the Standards which stipulates the requirements for proper packaging and labelling.
The business, located in Belize City, was given an opportunity to write to present their case in writing.
The producer responded that they will reprocess the rice to meet the new standards of new packaging and labelling regulations.