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27 thousand pounds of rice taken off the market Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 February 2016 00:00

The Belize Bureau of Standards (BBS) is reporting that on the 11th of February it removed 27,571 pounds of rice from a business outlet in Belize City. The release states that a Notice of Detention was served on a rice producer because he was not complying with the proper packaging and labelling requirements for rice.

While the release does not identify the producer, the Guardian has learnt this person to be Jacob Wahl from Ship Yard who was given several warnings as to the proper packaging of rice. He was given his final warning last week. The rice which was detained was packed in 100 pound bags which is in contravention of the regulations which specify that the maximum amount in which rice can be packaged is 20 pound bags.

According to the Bureau of Standards “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.”

According to the BBS rice continues to be sold loosely in the market which is illegal. The rice needs to be packed in bags ranging from 1 pound to 20 pounds and that packaging needs to be done by the supplier. Shopkeepers and stores should not be repackaging rice. Anyone with complaints on the improper packaging of rice is encouraged to call their hotline at 0-800-283-5587 or 822-0446/0447 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .