Thai rice is expected next year released the latest purity standards
For the 29-year-old Shanghai public Xu Wenxia, the taste of Thai rice for her, means happiness. "Small, mom and dad will always come back from time to time to buy some rice cooking to eat, that taste is very good memories. "
Xu Wenxia a child growing up in Ningbo, in the local buy imported Thai jasmine rice is not difficult, but now in Shanghai, she has been for many years had not tried Thai rice. A few years ago, she bought a farmers market in the words "Thai jasmine rice" products, then eat it, it found that taste right.
"Thai rice grain looks like, but the taste does not taste the same," she recalls. "One of my friends understand the meter told me later, they probably are not Thai rice, but rice in China, spray on some flavor. Later, I bought it since the rice. "
Ms. Xu's troubles is not the case, especially in recent years, mixed with other rice or Thai jasmine rice false market in China has been everywhere.
In April, China Central Television has exposed a number of other rice varieties doping "Thai jasmine rice" in Nanjing and Guangzhou and other places on the market, but even after being exposed, such behavior has not been to eliminate . A supermarket in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, some a mix of Chinese rice, Thai rice is still in sales, an unnamed supermarket staff said: "We have not received any notice about the product off the shelf. "
Zhuzhou City in Hunan Province, Thailand, some local farmers from the introduction of rice seed grown locally, and to five dollars per kilogram, a relatively low price on the market.
A local farm shop seller told reporters: "This rice price than the regular cheap Thai rice, sold reasonably well. "
According to AQSIQ data in the past few years, China imported Thai fragrant rice from Thailand, the number is showing a decreasing trend from 2002 to 320,000 tons in 2010 dropped to 4,000 tonnes 120,000 , and last year China's total rice imports from Thailand more than 30 million tons.
But an unnamed industry sources, every year in the Chinese market as "Thai rice," the number of products were first sold, certainly much higher than this number.
In order to regulate the domestic market, China's General Administration of Quality Inspection and Quarantine Bureau of Xiamen and China under the Academy of Inspection and Quarantine on May 1 this year, jointly formulated and promulgated the "Thai rice purity test" to guide the domestic consumers how to identify the real Thai rice, and strive to prevent the proliferation of adulterated market phenomenon, which is the world's first introduction on how to identify the standard Thai rice.
On the other hand, the Thai government has been working to promote Thai rice exports. In Bangkok in June by the Thai Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Commerce held the lead of a Thai rice to the world of international summit, said Thailand's Minister of Commerce PorntivaNakasai the Thai government is committed to the introduction of different purity standards for Thai rice exports to meet the needs of consumers in overseas markets for Thai rice at different levels of demand.
Thai Embassy in China Mr. Peng praised the recent agricultural reference to "China Daily" correspondent said, 95%, 92%, 80% and 70% of the other four standard Thai rice export standards will be released before the end of next year to replace Currently 92% purity of a single standard of Thai rice.
"We understand that some Chinese businesses and restaurants in order to better meet the tastes of local Chinese consumers will be more in Thai rice in some of the local rice doping, in order to maintain the rice sticky enough," says Chung Peng. "But we hope that businesses can indicate the sale of rice in Thai jasmine rice content, and sold at reasonable prices, and not defraud consumers. "
Song Peng also said that Thai rice seed is not allowed to export to foreign countries. "Like the Chinese Maotai Maotai town once left the brewing, flavor and taste will differ. "
Thailand's Ministry of Agriculture Deputy Secretary General, Mr. NiwatSutemechaikul told reporters in Thailand, only the climate and soil conditions are more suitable for the 11 northeastern and northern parts of the government and the three governments a few areas around the rice can be grown jasmine rice, the country more than 95% jasmine rice produced in the 14 House.
Thailand produces about 20 million tons annually in recent years, rice, Thai jasmine rice accounted for only 3 million tons, which is used to export 200 million tons, representing approximately 20% of total exports of rice, mainly exported to USA, Singapore, Hong Kong and Africa. As the world's largest rice exporter, Thailand exported about 1,000 tonnes of rice annually.
Thai-Chinese joint inspection agency test Continental Liu Ren Lu, general manager, said in Thailand, the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for rice cultivation, technology promotion and pesticide control, Department of Commerce is responsible for trade and export sectors, exports of rice for rice exporters associations with the Government to implement industry management, social inspection agency responsible for rice export inspection and quarantine work and accept government regulation, the link checks at each level to ensure the quality of Thai rice exports.
Continental inspection company in 1987 by the China Commodity Inspection Corporation and community leaders establish a joint venture in Thailand, Thai rice exports to mainland China must first be tested by Continental's test. "From its inception, after the company tested the rice imported into the country, there has not been a big issue," Liu Ren Lu said.
From the beginning of 2002, the Thai government began to implement 92% of jasmine rice purity standards, which require each 100 number can not be mixed with other varieties of rice more than 8, and the provisions of jasmine rice grain should be the total appearance of the slender type, complete destructive of the whole grain of rice, the average length of not less than 7 mm, average width of not less than 3 mm.
Liu Ren Lu told reporters that, for cost reasons, China imported jasmine rice from Thailand, in part using 50 kilograms of packaging, packing after the sale to China, this process offers the possibility of adulteration. In general, consumers in the Chinese market to buy the original Thai rice 5 kg and below most of the product packaging. Liu Ren Lu believes that the new standards introduced Thai rice exports, to a certain extent, curb market, Thai jasmine rice Chinese proliferation of fraud cases.
For the purchase of Thai rice, Liu Ren Lu of China's consumers while also providing a series of identification methods: first, whether there is bags of origin issued by the Thai government the green flag (green circle on the chassis and the golden grain rice ); secondly, whether marked Thailand origin; and have identified more than 92% purity; Finally, whether the bar code on the bag 885 at the beginning, is printed with "Continental Inspection Limited" word.
Export inspection and quarantine experts, but also Thai Young Chinese Chamber of Commerce Chen Qisheng consultant suggested that China's consumers more to the regular supermarket or chain store to buy Thai jasmine rice.
"Buy through formal channels, more assurance of quality," Chen Qisheng said.
Chen Qisheng also said that Thai jasmine rice FOB in about 10 yuan per kg, "taking into account the transportation cost, standard purity of Thai rice in the Chinese market, cost of sales should not be less than 12 yuan per kg . "