Kathmandu, August 14
For the first time in the country’s history, the government has set a standard for beaten rice, a popular traditional food item used as snacks across the country.
The Department of Food Technology and Quality Control says it has recently defined beaten rice, locally called chiura, as a human food product and set the standard of quality for commercial purposes.
This act has begun the system of standardising traditional food items of the country, claims the department’s Director-General Matina Joshi Baidya. A cabinet meeting held on Monday this week approved a proposal of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development on the quality standard of beaten rice, according to her.
As per the set standard, there will be two types of beaten rice: normal and roasted. Different standards have been set for production, processing, packaging, handling, storing, and supply management of beaten rice.