For the primary time in India, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has specified the standard requirements for basmati rice, mentioned Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.
The requirements, which can come into impact from August 1, 2023, have been issued for types of basmati rice, together with brown basmati rice, milled basmati rice, parboiled brown basmati rice and milled parboiled basmati rice.
“As per these requirements, basmati rice shall possess pure perfume attribute of basmati rice and be free from synthetic colouring, sharpening brokers and synthetic fragrances. These requirements additionally specify varied id and high quality parameters for basmati rice corresponding to common measurement of grains and their elongation ratio after cooking; most limits of moisture, amylose content material, uric acid, faulty/broken grains and incidental presence of different non-basmati rice and so forth,” mentioned MoHFW in an announcement.
The requirements are geared toward establishing truthful practices within the commerce of basmati rice and shield shopper curiosity, each domestically and globally, mentioned the ministry.
Basmati rice is a premium number of rice cultivated within the Himalayan foothills of the Indian sub-continent and is universally recognized for its lengthy grain measurement, fluffy texture and distinctive inherent aroma and flavour. Agro-climatic circumstances of the particular geographical areas the place basmati rice is grown; in addition to the tactic of harvesting, processing and ageing of the rice contributes to the distinctiveness of Basmati rice. Due to its distinctive high quality attributes, basmati is a extensively consumed number of rice each domestically and globally and India accounts for 2 thirds of its world provide.
Being a premium high quality rice and fetching a value larger than the non-basmati varieties, basmati rice is inclined to varied sorts of adulteration for financial good points, which can embrace, amongst others, undeclared mixing of different non-basmati types of rice. Therefore, so as to guarantee provide of standardised real basmati rice in home and export markets, FSSAI has notified regulatory requirements for basmati rice which have been framed via in depth consultations with the involved authorities departments / businesses and different stakeholders as properly, mentioned the ministry.