Rice export body urges govt to press EU to defer tricyclazole norm.

The All India Rice Exporters Association has sought government intervention to urge the European Union to defer by two years the implementation of tighter tricyclazole tolerance norms for basmati. The European Union, one of the high-value buyers of Indian basmati, has reduced the permissible limit of tricyclazole residue in imported rice to 0.01 parts per million from 1 part per million with effect from Jun 1, 2018. The fungicide is used extensively in India to prevent leaf blast and neck blast in Pusa Basmati 1 and Pusa Basmati 1401–two of the most widely consumed basmati rice varieties in the EU. The maximum residue limit for tricyclazole is 3 parts per million in India and the US, and 10 parts per million in Japan–levels that usually have no adverse impact on human health.