Pakistan Faces Trouble as Russia Discovers 'Coffin Moth' in White Rice Shipment on March 15, 2024


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Russian port authorities were surprised when a shipment of Pakistani rice arrived on March 15th, only to find it contaminated with an insect called Megaselia scalaris, also known as the "scuttle fly" or "coffin fly." Russia has strict controls in place to prevent such occurrences. Pakistan's rice is currently in high demand in the international market due to India's ban on the export of non-basmati white rice. Sending a contaminated consignment to a prominent country like Russia could have serious repercussions for Pakistan's efforts to become a major rice exporter.