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Nigeria: 'Plastic rice' tests reveal there is no evidence backing claims - Minister

Nigeria: 'Plastic rice' tests reveal there is no evidence backing claims - Minister

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Nigeria’s Health Minister, Isaac Adewole has dismissed claims of ‘plastic rice’ being imported into the country. He said preliminary tests revealed that there was no evidence to back the claims.

The Minister through a series of tweets on his official handle said he had been briefed by head of the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC), ‘‘Preliminary test results reveal there is no evidence backing claims,’‘ he added.

He further disclosed that the test conducted came up with results including – negative cooking status, the cooking, pre-ashing and odour were normal, the colour was off white grains and it’s moisture was 13.0.

NAFDAC will release detailed findings to the public as soon as it concludes investigations. We urge all Nigerians to remain calm for now.

Nigerian customs authorities reported the interception of 102 bags of rumoured plastic rice in Lagos after a tip off early this week

The plastic rice branded Beat Tomato Rice was in storage at the time of seizure and was ready for distribution during the christmas holidays in Ikeja, the state capital of Lagos State.

According to the chief of customs in Lagos, Mohammed Haruna, one person has been arrested in connection with the commodity and the distribution point of the seized plastic rice has been blocked for further investigation, local media report.

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