Metanorma: Aequitate Verum

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This document was developed in response to worldwide demand for minimum specifications for rice traded internationally, since most commercial bulks of grain, which have not been screened or aspirated, contain a proportion of other grains, weed seeds, chaff, straw, stones, sand, etc. The vegetable materials can have physical and biological properties which differ from those of the main constituent and can therefore affect the storage behaviour.


Terms and definitions


alt:[paddy rice] alt:[rough rice]

rice retaining its husk after threshing

husked rice

deprecated:[cargo rice]

term:[paddy] from which the husk only has been removed

milled rice

alt:[white rice]

term:[husked rice] from which almost all of the bran and embryo have been removed by milling


General, organoleptic and health characteristics

Kernels of rice, whether parboiled, husked or milled, and whether whole or broken, shall be sound, clean and free from foreign odours or odour which indicates deterioration.

The levels of additives and pesticide residues and other contaminants shall not exceed the maximum limits permitted in the country of destination.

The presence of living insects which are visible to the naked eye is not permitted. This should be determined before separating the bulk sample into test samples.



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