The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has debunked rumors of imported plastic rice into the country.

At a press conference held at the FDA Head Quarters in Accra on Friday June 23, the FDA Market Surveillance debunked such rumors as speculated on the social media that plastic rice are being imported into the country.

Officials have discounted claims in some social media videos where individuals mould cooked rice and hit it against a wall. When it bounces, the individuals concludes that it is plastic rice, but when the rice ball disintegrates they consider it as natural rice.

The head of Food Safety Management at the FDA, Maria Lovelace-Johnson, disclosed that “there was no way plastic will not melt at boiling temperature” during cooking, and adding that “plastic cannot be moulded at room temperature”, refuting claims that there is plastic rice on the Ghanaian market.

She said the FDA had collected rice samples from almost all the markets in Ghana and carried out various tests which proved that all the rice on the market was wholesome.

The FDA said, it was liaising with its partners in countries from where most of Ghana’s rice is imported to ensure that only wholesome rice finds their way into the country.

The FDA, however, charged the public to be alert and contact the office upon suspicion of any inedible items being sold as food.
By: Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh