Initial inspection shows that rice wholesalers around Selangor did not break the law in the Local White Rice Integrated Operations yesterday.
Agriculture and Food Security Deputy Minister Chan Foong Hin, who led the operation said the 42-man joined enforcement involved taking rice samples as well as checking the physical stocks of rice supplies kept by wholesalers.
“The result of the initial inspection shows that the wholesalers’ premises checked are licensed, and did not exceed the rice supplies permitted, for both local and imported rice,” he said in a statement today.
Chan said all the rice samples are collected following procedures and sent to Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) for analysis to detect changes of rice packs and mixing of imported and local rice.
“We will continue cooperations between ministries and agencies in the The Local White Rice Integrated Operations and will not compromise with any parties who swaps or hide supplies of local white rice,” he said.
The operation involved enforcement officers and staff from Kawalselia Padi dan Beras (KPB), Agriculture and Food Security Ministry, Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN) enforcement authorities, Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM), Malaysian Royal Customs Department (JKDM) and Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Service Department (Maqis).