‘Plastic rice’ seized in Nigeria

By Staff | Africa Review December 22, 2016

Nigerian authorities have confiscated 2.5 tonnes of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen.

Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said the fake rice was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.

Mr Mamudu said the rice was very sticky after it was boiled, adding that “only God knows what would have happened” if people ate it.

Staple Food

It was not clear where the seized consignment came from, but rice made from plastic pellets was found in China last year.

Rice is the most popular staple food in Nigeria.

The authorities said a sample of the fake rice has been sent to the laboratories to determine exactly what it is made of.

A Huge Number

They also warned the public not to consume the mystery foodstuff as it could be dangerous.

Fake food scandals were rare in Nigeria compared to countries such as China.

However, fake pharmaceutical drugs killed a huge number of people every year

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