last updated : 2019/02/23
Code Description Ind. price Ship. weight Ship. vol.
FCERRICEBR30
RICE, white, broken 30%, 1kg on request 1kg 1,25L Add
FCERRICEBR5
RICE, white broken 5 %, 1kg CH 0,45 1kg 1,25L Add
FCERRICELGGR
RICE, white, long grain, irri6/2, 1kg CH 0,52 1kg 1,25L Add
FCERRICEPARA
RICE, parboiled, 1kg CH 0,47 1kg 1,25L Add
FCERRICERD01
RICE, round grain, 1kg on request 1kg 1,25L Add

General information

Rice is a cereal distributed in many food supply operations.

There is an indefinite number of types of rice.  We mainly supply the type as per these specifications.  Check also beneficiaries’ food habits.

Rice in its original state is called "paddy rice".  It is treated by polishing to remove the outer part around the grain.  It can be sold as whole grain, after the first stage of polishing, or as white rice if more polished.  Several grades of polishing exist.  Rice can also be parboiled to better retain micro nutrients especially vitamin B1 that prevents Beri Beri.

Fumigation of stocks should be done at least every 3 months, and more often if needed.

Specifications vary with national regulations.  Here below, we give our most commonly used specifications.  Importation of food is always subject to acceptance from the national authorities, based on their national specifications; check these before purchasing.

Refer to HQ when offered specifications which are different from our standard specifications. The differences have to be approved by a food specialist.

Impact on the local, national, or regional market availability and prices should be carefully looked at before purchasing large quantities.

Specifications

Common part of specifications for all types of rice, to include in all contracts:

For all aspects of the product, unless described otherwise here below, the standard of Codex Alimentarius last edition applies, including the packaging.

-       Product must be fit for human consumption and be of sound, fair and marketable quality.

-       The Cartagena Protocol (Biosafety Protocol, additional to the Convention of Biodiversity) requires that exporters/producers indicate whether the food items may contain GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) or not.

-       Check national specifications of recipient country.

 

RICE

Applicable control methods:

-       ISO 7301 Rice – Operating methods only.

-       ISO 712 – Moisture content.

 

 

Product must be:

-       In accordance with the present specifications.

-       Free from GMO rice.

-       Free from abnormal flavour/odour and living insects/pest or moth.

-       With a "best before" date valid for minimum 2 years at date of delivery.

-       Delivered goods to be according to approved sample.

 

RICE, white, 5% broken

European Communities specifications applicable for purchases in the European Union

Specifications as per communication 2000/C312/01 and additional tests for contaminants

Grain (type as specified)

Long, round or medium

Moisture

Maximum 15%

Broken grains

Maximum 5%

Chalky grains

Maximum 5%

Grains striated with red

Maximum 3%

Spotted and/or stained grains

Maximum 2.5%

Yellow grains

Maximum 0.05%

Amber grains

Maximum 0.2%

Tolerance of extraneous matter consisting of:

 

Inedible mineral and vegetable substances, provided,they are not toxic

Maximum 0.01%

Edible extraneous grains or parts there of

Maximum 0.1%

Aflatoxine total

Maximum 4 micrograms/kg

 

RICE, white, long grain, 20% broken

Pakistani specifications applicable for purchases in Pakistan

Moisture

Maximum 14%

Damaged shrivelled & yellow

Maximum 4%

Broken grain maximum (3/4 length of Grain and above shall not count as broken grain)

20%

Grains of 6 to 6.99mm

Minimum 70%

Grains of less than 6mm

Maximum 30%

Chalky grains

Maximum 8%

Foreign grains

Maximum 1.5%

Foreign matter

Maximum 1%

Paddy grains

Maximum 0.6%

Red grain

Maximum 3.5%

Aflatoxine total

Maximum 4 micrograms/kg

Variety IRRI-6

 

RICE, white, 35 % broken

General specifications applicable world wide

Grain (type as specified)

Long, round or medium

Moisture

Maximum 14%

Broken grain

Maximum 35% max

Chalky grains

Maximum 10%

Grains striated with red

Maximum 10%

Spotted and/or stained grains

Maximum 4%

Yellow & Amber grains

Maximum 2%

Glutinous rice

Maximum 2.5%

Paddy (grains/kg)

Maximum 35 grains/kg

Tolerance of extraneous matter consisting of:

 

Inedible mineral and vegetable substances, provided they are not toxic

Maximum 0.01%

Edible extraneous grains or parts there of

Maximum 0.1%

Aflatoxine total

Maximum 4 micrograms/kg

 

 

RICE, parboiled

In addition to the specification of the rice:

Ungelatinized grain shall not exceed 12%

Non-parboiled rice shall not exceed 0.1% in broken rice 5 or 10%

Non-parboiled rice shall not exceed 0.2% in broken rice 20%

 

RICE, round grain

Grain

Round

Moisture

Maximum 15%

Broken grains

Maximum 5%

Chalky grains

Maximum 5%

Grains striated with red

Maximum 3%

Spotted and/or stained grains

Maximum 2.5%

Yellow grains

Maximum 0.05%

Amber grains

Maximum 0.2%

Tolerance of extraneous matter consisting of:

 

Inedible mineral and vegetable substances, provided they are not toxic

Maximum 0.01%

Edible extraneous grains or parts there of

Maximum 0.1%

Aflatoxine total

Maximum 4 micrograms/kg

 

Packing

Net weight 50kg per bag.

All bags must be clean, dry, undamaged and firmly sewn.

Recycled bags not allowed, nor recycled plastics for making bags.

Closing with double stitch at both ends of the bags.

Additional 2% of empty spare bags (outer bag only if multiple packaging), with same marking.

Test as per EN276 for PP bags or EN 766 for jute bags: Bags should resist without any damage one drop from 1.2 m high on the base, and 2 drops on each side from 1.6m high.

 

Different types of packaging are possible.  Choice of the right packaging depends on several factors, including the condition of transportation and handling.

a)      New woven-polypropylene (PP) bag, weighing 120g/bag.

b)      New woven-polypropylene (PP) bag, weighing 120g/bag, lined with the same 120g PP bag with the top edges of the bags sewn together.

c)      New jute bag, weighing 370g/bag lined with woven-polypropylene bag, weighing 110g/bag, with the top edges of the bags sewn together.

d)       New cotton bag, weighing 180g/bag, lined with woven-polypropylene bag, weighing 110g/bag, with the top edges of the bags sewn together.

e)       New composite jute/polypropylene bag weighting 335g/bag.

e)       New jute bag weighing 600g/bag, for grain only.

f)       In some special cases for flour only: paper bag of 1kg net weight content.

 

Pallet load

Shrink wrapped pallet, without covering the top of the pallet to let it breathe. Can also be secured with straps, to be re-tensioned regularly as the flour will pack down during transport.

Shrink-wrap film must be removed at time of storing.

 

Fumigation

Commodities must have been fumigated maximum 30 days prior to departure date.

 

Marking

Each bag to be marked with non-toxic ink, to remain readable after a minimum of 10 handlings.

- Name of the product

- Net weight in kg

- Crop year

 

Minimum documentation required for quality assurance from the supplier.

To be established by an official body:

-       Certificate of inspection

-       Certificate of origin, including crop year

-       Health Certificate or Phytosanitary Certificate

-       Weight and Quality Certificate

-       Non-radioactivity Certificate

-       Fumigation Certificate (when required)

-       Certificate stating whether GMOs may be included in the product

Other documentation needs to be provided according to the purchase agreement.

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