Tripal Five Rice brand safe for public consumption : Report

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East Khasi Hills Deputy Commissioner Isawanda Laloo on Monday has ordered for re-release of ‘Tripal Five Rice Brand’after analysis reports which state that the rice is fit for consumption.

Following a complaint by an NGO in the month of June 2021 that ‘Tripal Five Rice Brand’ brought by Triveni Store is mixed with Plastic Rice, 68 bags of the said rice were seized and sealed by the Superintendent of Supply, East Khasi Hills, Shillong. Sample of the rice was taken by the Assistant Commissioner of Food Safety, Shillong by following the Cross-sections Method for laboratory analysis.

A sample of the rice was taken by the Assistant Commissioner of Food Safety, Shillong by following the cross-sections method for laboratory analysis.
The Assistant Commissioner of Food Safety, Shillong was intimidated by the action taken after the seizure, wherein samples as per prescribed sampling procedures were taken (1 Surveillance sample and 1 formal sample).
One part of the formal sample of rice taken was dispatched to the Analyst to the Govt. of Assam and Meghalaya, State Public Health Laboratory, Bamunimaidan, Guwahati on the 25th of June, 2021 for analysis, while one surveillance sample was dispatched to State Food Testing Laboratory, Govt. of Meghalaya, Pasteur Institute, Shillong.
The DC said the Analysis Report of the surveillance sample was received and submitted to this office on August 26, 2021, which states that “The sample rice conforms to the prescribed standard as per FSS regulation, as 44 numbers of pesticides (tested by GCMS/MS) and 7 numbers of pesticides (tested by LCMS/MS) are found not detected, not adulterated and is fit for consumption on the basis of analysis of the parameters mentioned.
Analysis Report of the formal sample was received and submitted to this office on September 10, 2021.
As per the report, the rice conforms to the prescribed standards as laid down in relevant Regulation of Food Safety and Standard (Food Products Standards and Additives) Regulations, 2011 and FSS (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011.
As per the reports received, the said rice has been ordered for re-release, she added