PORTO RICO, Puerto Rico — The island of Puerto Rico has finished its rice and sugar purity tests, which show the island is on track for a higher rice purity rating than other U.S. cities and counties.
The results were released Friday.
Puerto Rico’s official rice purity measure is 98 percent.
It has not reached the 90 percent mark required by the U.N. for rice.
Officials from the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture and Forestry said rice and sugars are a combination of rice and grains and that sugar is the major component of rice.
Puerto Rico’s sugar purity score is 99.7.
In a statement, the Puerto Rican government said its rice testing program was not affected by Hurricane Maria.
The island, with a population of 2.6 million people, has been battling a deadly outbreak of coronavirus, and the government has been trying to get people to eat more rice, the statement said.
The rice and fructose purity measures have been a long time coming.
Rice was considered to be the most popular ingredient for Puerto Rico.
But the government stopped selling rice in 2013 after the country’s sugar crisis.
The sugar measure was put on hold until the island’s government could figure out how to handle the crisis.
For a while, sugar and rice were considered the same ingredient, but Puerto Rico switched to rice in the past two years, and sugar has been banned for more than two years.