The Nigeria Customs Service has intercepted 102 bags of plastic rice branded “Beat Tomato Rice’’ in the Ikeja area of Lagos.
Nigerian Customs Seizes Several Bags Of Plastic Rice
The Customs Area Controller of the Federal Operations Unit, Ikeja Comptroller Mohammed Haruna, informed the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday that the seized rice has no date of manufacture, the Punch reports.
Haruna said the bags of rice were stored for distribution as Yuletide gifts for the public.
“Before now, I thought it was a rumour that the plastic rice is all over the country but with this seizure, I have been totally convinced that such rice exists.
“We have done the preliminary analysis on the plastic rice. After boiling, it was sticky and only God knows what would have happened if people consumed it.
“I advise those economic saboteurs who see Yuletide season as a peak period for nefarious acts to desist from such illegal business.
“The unit has decided other operational modalities that will give them a run for their monies and count their losses,” NAN quoted the controller as saying.
Haruna applauded the well-meaning Nigerians who provided prompt information that eventually led to the discovery of the bags of plastic rice. He also assured consumers that the distribution of that brand of seized rice has been blocked, henceforth.
The customs boss however advised the media to educate the public on the existence of plastic rice, adding that it was no longer a rumour.