PH to get rid of ‘fake’ Dinorado rice
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol said that the Philippines will now have to say goodbye to “fake” Dinorado rice as the National Food Authority (NFA) is set to actively address mislabeling and overpricing in the market.
Piñol said that on Monday, the NFA Council will hold a special meeting to address very urgent measures, including the mislabelling and overpricing of rice in the market.
The NFA Council will also set guidelines on the proper identification of imported rice and local rice in the market to protect the consumers.
For so long, rice outlets in the public markets and even supermarkets have been involved in the mislabelling of rice to justify the high prices.
‘Sinandomeng’, ‘Angelica’, ‘Jasmine’ and ‘Dinorado’ are among the common names given to commercial rice sold in the market at prices as high as P55 to P60 per kilo.
“The truth is, aside from ‘Dinorado’ and ‘Jasmine’, there is no such thing as ‘Sinandomeng’ or ‘Angelica’ rice varieties. Worse, the ‘Dinorado’ and ‘Jasmine’ sold in the market are not the real rice varieties, thus the retailers are guilty of deception and unfair trade practice,” Piñol, who now serves as the chair of NFA Council, said.
“On Monday, I will ask the NFA Council to act on this age-old problem and put an end to it,” he added.
Piñol said he will submit to the NFA Council a proposal that rice sold in the market should only be labelled as Regular Milled Rice, Well-Milled Rice, Long Grain Head Rice and Special Rice which would include Heirloom and Organic Rice.
“I will also ask the NFAC to issue guidelines on the proper identification of Imported Rice and Local Rice,” he further said.