Decreto-Lei n.º 157/2017

Publicação: Diário da República n.º 248/2017, Série I de 2017-12-28
  • Emissor:Agricultura, Florestas e Desenvolvimento Rural
  • Tipo de Diploma:Decreto-Lei
  • Número:157/2017
  • Páginas:6719 - 6723
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Summary in plain english (Without legal value)

What is it?

This decree-law defines new rules for the selling of rice and broken rice intended for the end consumer.

What will change?

There will be new rules for selling rice of the Oryza sativa L. species and broken rice intended for the end consumer. There will be new definitions of:

  • commercial types and classes
  • technical requirements for selling, packaging and labelling.

These rules will not apply to:

  • rice or rice products used as a raw material in other food industries
  • rice or rice products used to feed animals
  • products made from the industrial processing of rice and sold as breakfast food
  • wild rice (of the Zizania aquatica species), which, although sold as "rice", has longer grains, a black to brown color and has a slight hazelnut flavour. (The new rules will still apply to wild rice of the Oryza sativa L. species)

The definitions of rice grains, broken rice and their defects will be clarified

The definitions of the types of rice grains and broken rice will be clarified, organized and combined into a single article.

The form and characteristics that rice must have when sold will be specified

There will be a new way of organizing the rules on the different forms that rice can take when sold. "Puffed rice" and "other technological treatment that meets the requirements of food law" will also be included.

The characteristics that rice and broken rice must have in order to be sold will be defined.

New classes and types for selling rice will be defined, which will be classified:

  • in commercial types, as:
    • long
    • medium
    • round

  • in commercial classes, as:
    • extra
    • common.

The description given to the rice when it is being sold sale must indicate:

  1. the word "rice"
  2. the commercial type (long, medium or round)
  3. the commercial class (extra or common)
  4. the treatment it received, if any.

If the rice type is long and classed as extra, a further element can be added to the description with:

  • carolino
  • agulha.

Some types of rice can only be sold under the "common" class. The conditions for this classification are detailed in an annex to this decree-law.

Broken rice must be sold with the description "broken rice".

The ASAE will monitor these rules

The Authority for Economic and Food Safety (ASAE) will be responsible for monitoring compliance with the rules on rice and broken rice intended for the end consumer.

Those that do not comply with these rules may have to pay fines of:

  • 250 euros to 3,750 euros, if they are individuals
  • 1,000 euros to 22,000 euros, if they are a company
  • 2,500 euros to 44,890 euros, if they are a large company.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to adapt the law to new forms of rice, to new consumer dynamics and to new rice varieties that have emerged in recent years.

When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect the day after being published but the changes it introduces take place on 1 January 2018.

However, it will be possible to sell rice and broken rice according to the previous rules for one year from the date this decree-law comes into effect.

This text is intended to present the content of the legal act in accessible, plain and understandable language for citizens. The summary of the legal act in plain language has no legal value and does not replace the consultation of the legal act in the Diário da República.