On Thursday, the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said that preliminary tests carried out by the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has shown that there is no evidence to show that the bags of rice seized in Ikeja, Lagos by Customs officials are the infamous plastic rice.
Adewole made this known through Twitter. He said.
“I have just been briefed by DG NAFDAC on Plastic Rice reports. Preliminary test results reveal there is no evidence backing claims.
Tests conducted; floating – negative, cooking – normal, odour normal, color – off white rice grains, moisture – 13.0, pre-ashing – normal.
NAFDAC will release detailed findings to public as soon as it concludes investigations. We urge all Nigerians to remain calm for now.”
Recall that the 102 bags of rice branded “Beat Tomato Rice’’ with no date of manufacture were intercepted on Monday by the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja, of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). (Read Here if you missed it).
The Customs Area Controller of F.O.U. Comptroller Mohammed Haruna, had disclosed this in an interview on Tuesday in Lagos.
He stated that the bags of rice were stored for distribution as yuletide gifts for the public.
Haruna had said that officers of the unit stopped the rice along the Ikeja area of Lagos, adding that a suspect was arrested in connection with the seizure.