Rice producer receives Notice of Detention

The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) in the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Commerce has served a Notice of Detention to a Rice producer. With the recent changes in the Belize Standard for Rice Specification on October 2015, the Bureau says that the producer has breached Section 10 of the Standards for failure to comply with proper packaging and labeling requirements for rice. Consequently, the BBS proceeded to remove 27,571 lbs of rice on February 11, 2016 from the business outlet located in Belize City. The producer has been provided an opportunity to bring the product into compliance which is required to be done in writing. The company has responded stating its commitment to reprocess the rice in order to be in compliance with the new packaging regulations. The Bureau is aware that rice continues to be sold loosely in the market and in an effort to address the situation, it says it is seeking to correct it at the source.

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