The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, has said it is untrue that there is plastic rice in Nigeria.
Responding to media reports that there is plastic rice in Nigeria, the acting Director-General of the agency, Yetunde Oni, at a press briefing on Thursday in Abuja, said the suspicious shipment only contained huge amount of contaminants which makes it “unwholesome for human consumption”. However she said, contrary to media reports, the rice was not found to be plastic after laboratory tests.
There was anxiety in country earlier this month when a report stated that the Nigerian Custom Services had intercepted tonnes of plastic rice allegedly imported by unscrupulous businessmen for distribution during the Christmas festive period.
“Based on the above laboratory result, the product is not plastic but rice contaminated with micro organisms above permissible limit.
“Hence the seized rice consignment is unsatisfactory and therefore unwholesome for human consumption”, Mrs. Oni said.
She said the consignment would be destroyed once handed over by the Nigeria Customs Service.