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FDA dismisses claims of plastic rice in Ghana

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The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) is urging Ghanaians to ignore videos making rounds on social media about the existence of plastic rice on the Ghanaian market.

The Authority explained that the same claims were made in 2017, for which samples were subjected to laboratory tests.

“Results from the analyses showed that all the samples were in fact authentic rice and not plastic as perceived by the public,” FDA said in a press release on Thursday, June 9.

It emphasised that the physical and chemical properties of plastics make them not suitable to be cooked into edible food.

“This is because plastic cannot absorb water and does not mix with water,” the release further stressed.

It, therefore, pointed out that “the videos on the alleged plastic rice are false and must be ignored”.

“The public should be assured that the FDA will continue to monitor the quality and safety of the varieties of rice on the market, both local and imported, to safeguard public health and safety.”

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