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PIA Press Release
2007/09/27

NFA warns rice retailers vs selling imported rice

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya (September 27) -- The National Food Authority (NFA) here has issued warning among accredited rice retailers in the province not to sell imported rice as commercial rice or they will be fined and worse, their accreditation will be cancelled.

The stern warning came as reports reaching the NFA office here indicated that several rice retailers in the province are allegedly resorting to shifting their NFA rice or imported rice as commercial rice supply being sold at a higher price.

Imported rice such as the rice variety from Vietnam are being sold from P19.00 to P25.00 a kilo while commercial rice are sold at a higher price.

NFA allocates 40 to 50 cavans of imported rice per week to their outlets outside the public markets.

Antonio Panganiban, NFA provincial manager said that while they have not yet seen any violator of this practice, he admitted that there are already attempts by several rice retailers to divert imported rice into commercial ones.

He said they will not hesitate to impose fines and other penalties to these erring accredited outlets based on proper investigation and testimonies of witnesses.

"We are asking our consumers to be vigilant and help us in monitoring our outlets specially those resorting to anomalous practices," Panganiban said during the talakayan with rice retailers in the province Wednesday.

The talakayan was conducted as part of the day-long celebration of NFA's 35th anniversary here.

The anniversary celebration was attended by NFA officials and employees, rice retailers and the cooperative sector. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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