The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has rubbished claims that the Ghanaian market is inundated with plastic rice, contrary to assertions on social media.
The FDA following circulation of videos on social media platforms claiming the existence of plastic rice in the country, conducted laboratory test to ascertain the veracity of the claim.
But the result of its tests, according to the FDA, proofs that there is no plastic rice on the Ghanaian market.
Addressing a press conference Friday June 23, 2017, the CEO of the FDA Mimi Darko noted the tests proved the supposed plastic rice were authentic rice with a higher starchy content.
She said “there is currently no plastic rice on the market” and the FDA is monitoring the situation in partnership with the international community.
The FDA therefore asked the general public to continue to consume and ignore rumours of plastic rice in Ghana since ‘’the physical and chemical properties of plastic is such that ordinarily they cannot be reconstituted into edible food because plastic cannot absorb or mix with water’’.
A quick glance at the FDA website reveals a list of currently registered and safe food products including rice on the Ghanaian market among which are Gino Thai Jasmine Rice, Obaatan Pa Long Grain Rice, Ruby long grain Rice, cow boy rice, Jazz rice and so many others.