Rice is one of the major food consumed by Nigerians. In recent time we have had various rumours of the sales and circulation of plastic rice in the country.
NAFDAC In exercise of the powers conferred on the Governing Council of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) by sections 5 and 30 of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control Act Cap NI Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 and all powers enabling it.
Has the power of cross-checking the healthiness of food imported into the country for the safety of her citizens.
PLASTIC RICE IN NIGERIA
In recent news, NAFDAC claims that its lab test on a consignment of rice seized by Nigerian customs officials show that the bags of rice seized are “contaminated” and not plastic rice as believed by a lot of Nigerians.
In it statement, “ the rice contained bacteria above permissible limits” a senior NAFDAC official said.
Yetunde Oni, the acting director general of NAFDAC, says the seized rice is unsatisfactory and unwholesome for human consumption.
According to BBC.com, Regardless of the outcome of the lab test, intelligence still indicate that “ several metric tones of expired and dangerous rice are still lying in wait at the warehouses in neighboring countries”, with the Nigerian market the ultimate destination, customs chief Ibrahim Ali told media.
The acting director general of NAFDAC urges the public to report any suspicious case about all it regulated products to any of it office across the nation for immediate action.
Nigerians, with the lab test and report from NAFDAC, still believes that there are various tones of plastic rice with the nation.
With the great harvest of rice Nigerian has produced this year, one would partially say the fear of consuming plastic rice will be eliminated.
Health is wealth. We all need to keep our hands on deck