The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control on Thursday said laboratory result of the suspected fake rice showed that the product was not plastic but rice contaminated with micro organisms.
The Acting Director General, NAFDAC, Yetunde Oni, said this at a news conference in conjunction with the Nigeria Customs Service in Abuja.
Oni said the seized rice was unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption, stressing that the consignment would be destroyed upon handover by the NCS.
She explained that the product branded ”Best Tomato”, was in 25kg bag, without NAFDAC number, batch number, date markings and details of the manufacturer.
She said that `floating’ was negative, sedimentation was positive, cooking was normal, odour was normal, colour was off-white and E-coli was within specification.
Oni called on the public to report suspicious cases about all NAFDAC regulated products to any of the offices across the nation for prompt regulatory action.
She also said that the following numbers could be contacted for enquiries: 08013630600, 09094262773 and 08033112282.
Culled from punchng
Its a seasonal period where due to the upcoming festive season, prices of food commodities would continue to be on the rise. Especially the most widely consumed staple food ”Rice”
As I was on Facebook, I noticed a video with the tag plastic rice.
Reports indicate that China produces fake rice which is mixed with plastic for exportation to African countries including Nigeria.
Plastic rice has been described as rice made from plastic. It has sometimes been reported in the media to be manufactured in China and sold into different countries in Africa
I was so interested in this story because not so long, I planned on buying a bag of rice for the house, so watching the video got me curios and scared to the point that I had to do further research on how to differentiate this.
I have not seen the plastic rice myself, I have only seen reports of it and many of them. But I only noticed that the rice is whitish, brighter in color than the natural grain rice. It also takes a long time to cook than usual. It gets hard again after you allow it to cool off before serving.
What Are Authorities Doing About It?
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) have launched a search for alleged fake/plastic rice from China which is said to have found its way into some African countries, including Nigeria.
Well, I so hope they don’t tire out in their search.