Pantry Moths in Coles Sunrice Brown Rice

The rice bags I've bought have a lot of these. I've tried freezing them to kill them to prevent them from reproducing. What's your experience?

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    why not pour them into a clean breakfast cereal container?

    like this

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    I always put rice, flour, spices + a few other pantry items in the freezer for 24 hrs before the pantry and haven't had problems with pantry moths since doing that. We used to have horrible problems with moths before that. They'd even get into plastic "airtight" containers. We once got pantry moths flying around in an unopened pack of rice a couple of weeks after we bought it from Woolworths (not their own brand) and we took it back to the store and they gave us a refunded.

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    If happened in a sealed bag take it back. This often indicates that it has been stored too long. The eggs were already in the rice before sale due to contamination by adult moths and the larvae mature into moths when the weather gets warm.

    If it happened after the bag was opened then try not to let the adult moths lay eggs by storing in air-tight containers on opening.

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    Take it back to Coles - I am sure you will get a refund. Place a few cloves in your pantry iit will keep the moths away.

    I always place all dry foods including cereal in the freezer for 48 hours. I store in the pantry in airtight containers - however a lot of the plastic containers in the supermarkets are not really airtight. I am a huge fan of Snapfresh containers

    I keep flour, breadcrumbs, nuts in glass jars in fridge.

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    Can you return it without a receipt? I don't keep receipts for a bag of rice I bought 2 weeks ago.

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      Yes, no problem returning without a receipt. Coles might give you a voucher or you can exchange it. Alternatively you can contact Sunrice and they will definitely send you a Coles voucher (I have done this recently).

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    Free protein - you should tip next time you are at coles to be fair

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    Wow I had no idea that this existed!

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    The only thing you can really do is check them thoroughly before buying, then pop it in the freezer overnight before popping into a PROPERLY airtight container. Systema klip its containers DO NOT fall into this category according to a company rep who told me that bugs will get into them.

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    Coles will take it back without a receipt, esp if the use by date is the 'currect' one. It's too much hassle to argue w' you for $2

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    It is an ongoing situation - when we buy certain products, these are already in it & then hatch out - causing weavils, moths & even maggots. I have a tremendous problem too at the moment. - Forever cleaning & scrubbing out the pantry & throwing out what should be perfectly good food.
    Have been told that bayleaves are a good way of getting rid of them - but haven't tried them yet.

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      Glass jars are your best bet goosegog. We had the same problem a while ago, and bought a heap of klip its containers, thinking they'd block them. Huge mistake - in spite of rinsing well before use, we ended up throwing out more food from the chemical smell offgassing into the food, even months later, than we'd done because of weevils.

      We do use some of the square decor buckets for some of the bulkier items, but always freeze beforehand, and haven't had any problems with those in a couple of years.

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    I recently threw out brown sunrice bought from Coles too because it had moths in it. Assumed it got contaminated after I opened it but maybe not.

    I have been told that freezing kills anything. When I bought some stuff in bulk that was the advice in case there was any in there. Did freezing work for you?

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      Freezing WILL work, no doubt about it.

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        Thanks Geewhiz - but how long do the products have to be frozen for & if buying in bulk with freezing surely the product will be very difficult to break apart for enough for one or two meals. Thawing & refreezing is not a healthy option. Still hate the thought that these items we all eat are infested with these bugs & mites from the manufacturer - why can't the total infestation problem be dealt with before the products are packaged & sold to us consumers therefore alleviating the thousands of us with pantry problems.? The manufacturers have the equipment & know how to stop this before it hits the supermarket shelves & unfortunately our pantrys'. Should we all send them the bill for our time & cost of cleaning products for having to try to get rid of this ongoing problem? Me thinks we should !!

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          The type of products we're talking about have such a low moisture content that they don't form a solid mass that would be difficult to break apart. They maintain the same form. Generally, 24 hours is enough to kill any bugs or eggs, but if it's a larger package, and you have the freezer space to spare there's no reason you can't leave it there longer.

          The bug infestation doesn't generally happen at or prior to manufacture - it happens in storage at the supermarket or their warehouse or in your pantry if it's been there a while and isn't in a well enough sealed container. That's how we can end up with what seems like a cupboard full of affected products. They didn't all come from the supermarket that way.

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          @Geewhizz:

          If these bugs are hatching inside an airtight container , then they must have been in the product when it came from the manufacturer. Can't see that we can blame the supermarkets as most of these products are sold in airtight packaging from the manufacturers - i.e. flour, cereals etc.
          Surely the blame for killing all these infestations has to lay with the initial source prior to the products being packaged to then sell to us - the consumers .

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    Is this the norm that there's always some sort of moth eggs in the rice? It's the first time I've experienced in the last 10 years of buying this rice. Was wondering where this moth infestation was coming from. I've thrown away so much rice…

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    I've bought woolies brown Sunrice and had the same problem, except I ended up with wheat weevils instead (little black insects which look like ants but with bigger pincers). The packet was sealed and was in my cupboard a month when they took over. I ended up chucking out virtually all the hard foods in the cupboard (pastas, flours, cous cous, rice paper sheets, rice noodles etc) because they got in them all.

    I won't buy sunrice brown rice after hearing this isn't isolated - I've never had a problem before although i know it's a definite possibility - my mum stores all her coconut and flour in the freezer for this reason.

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    Three bags of infested Sunrice rice last year. Two 10KG medium grain rice and one 10 KG short grain (sushi) rice, all found weavils, moths & even maggots within one month of opening the bag. Medium rice expires in middle 2017 and short rice expires in late 2016. They were purchased from two retailers.

    If different products from different retailers all have infestation problem, the issue must be with the manufacturer.

    You can lodge a complaint through https://www.sunrice.com.au/consumer/contact-us/sunrice-consu..., or call 1800255999 in Australia, or email: con­sumer_rela­tions@sun­rice.com.au.

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      Definitely with the manufacturer. I lodged a complaint before Christmas. Even though their credit was nowhere near how much rice I've thrown out ($20 coles voucher), I was happy with the result as I didn't have any proof, receipts, left over bags they were asking about.

      I've been buying smaller bags and keeping them in the freezer like others have suggested, but decided that I should've have to waste freezer space or go through this extra effort for contaminated products. I'll be switching to rice from the asian supermarkets for a while.

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