We were skeptical about the legitimacy of the stories about ‘fake and plastic’ rice being found in the Caribbean and Africa. However, this BBC report has shown that Nigerian customs officials have seized 2.5 tons of ‘plastic rice’. Moreover, last year rice made from plastic pellets was found in China.
Has capitalism reached an all-time low, whereby unscrupulous and callous business people are willing to risk, hard and potential kill people simply to improve their profit margins?
Has capitalism reached an all-time low, whereby unscrupulous and callous business people are willing to risk, hard and potentially kill people simply to improve their profit margins? Rice will be one of the main parts of many people’s Christmas dinners.
Here is the BBC Report
Whoever made this fake rice did an exceptionally good job – on first impression it would have fooled me. When I ran the grains through my fingers nothing felt out of the ordinary.
But when I smelt a handful of the “rice” there was a faint chemical odour. Customs officials say when they cooked up the rice it was too sticky – and it was then abundantly clear this was no ordinary batch.
They’ve sent a sample to the laboratories to determine exactly what the “rice” is made of.
They are also warning the public not to consume the mystery foodstuff as it could be dangerous.
Fake food scandals are thankfully rare in Nigeria when you compare it to countries such as China.
The big scandal here is fake pharmaceutical drugs that kill a huge number of people every year.
Investigations are under way to establish how much of the contraband has already been sold.
The customs official called on “economic saboteurs who see yuletide season as a peak period for their nefarious acts to desist from such illegal” business activity. Mr Mamudu did not explain how the plastic rice was made but said it had been branded as “Best Tomato Rice”.
Nigeria is not the only country to have claims about ‘plastic rice’. Jamaica has heard similar claims. However, Jamaican official made the statement that the claims have not be verified.
Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda said there was no evidence of plastic rice in samples tested by the BSJ.
“The BSJ was provided with samples… and, so far, I can assure the people of Jamaica that there is absolutely no evidence of any contamination of plastic within the samples tested,” he said
Some Jamaicans are understandable fearful:
This really is a scary story. You can’t trust what you see on TV and now you can’t even trust the food in your bowl.
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