Nigeria’s health minister has gone on record to repudiate a report the Nigerian market was flooded with ‘plastic rice’.
Professor Isaac Adewole, the minister of health categorically said there was no proof backing the report, according to the Daily Post.
The report originated from an alleged incident where federal customs unit intercepted bags of plastic rice branded ‘Beat Tomato Rice’ with no manufacturing date.
The official, Mohammed Haruna, was quoted in the report that the commodity was stored for distribution as Christmas gifts for the public. The official gave the location where the intercept of the plastic rice took place and said a suspect had been arrested.
But the minister claimed that the chief of the National Agency for Foods Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) had briefed him that the report was a hoax.
The test results reveal “there is no evidence backing the claims,” Prof Adewole tweeted.