Traders selling ‘adulterated rice’ warned-A A +A
Friday, January 31, 2014
NATIONAL Food Authority (NFA) Provincial Manager Gaudencio Nuega warned businessmen against selling “adulterated rice” as a commercial variety of staple food and at higher prices.
Nuega issued the warning after he received reports that there are unscrupulous businessmen that mix the so-called NFA rice to a commercial variety and sell it at higher prices by classifying it as commercial rice.
It was called NFA rice since these are the variety of rice that were imported and sold by the government grains agency at cheaper price.
Nuega said they sell the NFA rice at P28 a kilo, which is very much cheaper, compared to the commercial rice variety.
Nuega said the method of these unscrupulous businessmen is they mix at least four sacks of NFA rice with six sacks of commercial variety and sell it to the consuming public as commercial rice which commands higher prices.
Reports showed that unscrupulous businessmen and rice traders earn profit as high as P17 per kilo for every kilo of NFA rice mixed with a commercial variety since they sell the commercial rice ranging from P40 to P45 per kilo.
Nuega said his office will deploy personnel to monitor and investigate the activities of rice traders.
He said they will file appropriate charges against them once caught and proven that they engage in such kind of malpractice.
He said the passbook of traders authorized to sell NFA rice will be revoked once caught or proven they are in cahoots or involved in the same kind of malpractice. (Bong Garcia)