IP plan for U.S. rice

by Chrystal Shannon
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U.S. — The USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) is offering a new Bulk Identity-Preserved (IP) Inspection Plan, for export of rough rice shipments. The plan provides for the certification of bulk rough rice lots at one location based on results determined at another location.

Exporters of rough rice currently incur a financial risk arising from differences in milling yields between barge origin grades and vessel sub-lot grades when different sampling methods, such as a probe versus an ellis cup, are used — even though FGIS field tests have shown that there are insignificant differences when similar methods are used to sample the lots.