Rice Distributions To Nepal Earthquake Survivors
WFP takes food quality and safety extremely seriously. We follow up on any reports we receive as a matter of priority and investigate each case.
WFP’s stringent food quality standards are in line with the Government of Nepal’s regulations.
WFP has investigated recent claims about rice in Kabhre district and found no evidence that rice distributed was inedible.
Nepal’s Centre for Quality Surveillance (CQS) has tested a sample and found the rice was edible and nutritious but had a slightly higher percentage of broken rice than the 25 percent quality standard. While broken rice is still perfectly edible and nutritious, WFP understands that there is often a preference for rice that is less than 25 percent broken. WFP is no longer using this local supplier.
WFP only purchases food from accredited suppliers. For this emergency operation, we are procuring through several accredited suppliers.
Samples of all food purchased by WFP is tested for quality and safety by the CQS which is an independent third party. This testing ensures that the food we provide meets international standards for quality and safety (view the CQS lab result here).
An update to this statement is available here.
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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.
For more information please contact:
Zoie Jones/WFP Nepal Earthquake Response Communications Officer Mob: +977 9802 039 678