|Illegally repacked rice still
floods Virac market
This was discovered by representatives from the Consumer Advocacy Caravan Team, composed of DTI, NFA, DENR, BFAD and BIR, and the Catanduanes Consumers Association Inc. (CCAI), led by its president, Antonio Tabuzo, when they visited several retailers of rice at the Virac Public Market last month. The group discovered that unmarked or unlabeled rice, in violation of NFA rules, still exist despite earlier warnings from authorities. First to be visited was the Benavidez Store.
According to Tabuzo, after comparing the NFA rice being sold by the said store and the supposedly commercial rice (in an unlabelled yellow sack), it was found out that both are of the same kind.
When asked, a salesperson at the store readily admitted that Leon Tatel, a local businessman, supplies them with rice. The team then went to CTL in Sta. Cruz, Virac, and took samples taken from still unlabelled yellow and blue sacks of rice. They then proceeded to inspect Leon Tatel's store, also in Sta. Cruz, and found unlabelled yellow and blue sacks of rice.
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|Last to be visited by the group was the Samar Restaurant where they again found several of the same unlabelled yellow and blue sacks of rice. The owner of the restaurant said that she purchased them from the mainland. After the inspection, the group then turned over the rice samples they took to the NFA for use as evidence in an investigation the agency is going to conduct. (CCAI release)|