The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration, NAFDAC, has declared that there was no plastic rice in the country.
NAFDAC Acting Director General, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, at a joint press briefing with the Deputy Comptroller- General of the Nigerian Custom Services, Mr. Umar Ilya, confirmed that a consignment of contaminated rice was in the country and warned Nigerians not to consume it, as it could be injurious to health.
At a briefing in Abuja, the NAFDAC boss also presented the final laboratory results on the suspected commodity, confirming that although the rice was not plastic, it was unsuitable for human consumption.
She also declared that the agency has decided to set a date for public destruction of the confiscated consignment since it had failed what she called Integrity test.
"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. The consignment upon handover by the Nigeria customs service shall be destroyed."