Control procedures on importations of basmati rice: control
The Regulation requires that samples be taken for the purpose of DNA testing to confirm the variety of rice. A CHIEF profile provides details of the action to be taken, and the percentage of imports for which samples should be taken. If selected for sampling, a request for this to be done should be sent to the UKBA providing them with clear instructions about what they should do. It should include an instruction that the sample must be at least 500 grammes.
The samples will be sent by the UKBA to the competent body, responsible for issuing the certificate, in the originating country as detailed below:
| India | Pakistan |
| Export Inspection Council
Department of Commerce
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
NDYMCA Cultural Central Bulk
1 Jaisingh Road
New Delhi 1 10 001
India | Trading Corporation of Pakistan Ltd
4th and 5th Floor
Finance & Trade Centre
The letter accompanying the samples to India and Pakistan should be written in the following form:
Subject: Basmati rice sample for DNA testing
Enclosed herewith is a sample from an importation into the European Community of Basmati rice under EC Regulation 972/2006. It was accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, a copy of which is attached.
In accordance with the above Regulation, could you please carry out a DNA variety test on the sample and advise if the rice corresponds to the variety stated on the Certificate.
Could you please forward the results of your test to the following address:
CAP Unit of Expertise
HM Revenue & Customs
Essex RM18 7EJ
Please quote Entry Number and Test Note Number in your reply.
Detailed guidance on the examination and sampling of rice may be found in the Basmati Rice and Examination and Sampling Good Practice Guides, accessed via the CAP UoE Intranet site.