Nigeria has confiscated 102 bags of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen who wanted to sell it during the festive season, a senior customs official in the main city, Lagos, has said.
Preliminary analysis of the “plastic rice, after boiling it, shows how sticky the rice was and only God knows what would have happened if our people consumed it”, Haruna Mamudu added in a statement.
He 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”.
Investigations were under way to establish how much of “this rice has been circulated and how best to retrieve it in order to protect and safeguard the health of Nigerians and to bring those behind it to book”.
In China, there was a food scandal last year after it emerged that rice was made of plastic pellets.