Samples of cooked rice are displayed for testing by food scientists to make sure they fit Egyptian standards, in a research centre affiliated with Egypt's agriculture ministry in Cairo, Egypt, March 25, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egypt rice import samples judged in kitchenWith steaming plates of rice and freshly sliced apples on the side, a group of Cairo-based food scientists work in their lab to decide whether the foreign grains will suit Egyptian palates. Egypt has spent $46.8 million on Chinese rice in two tenders since November. After planting less local rice in 2018 to conserve water, Egypt tapped the international market in November, requesting samples for a cooking test.Rice is a heavily discounted staple on Egypt's subsidy program, under which the state purchases foodstuffs that are offered to subsidy card holders, now around 60 million people.After cooking, the rice is presented to the tasters.
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