PLASTIC RICE JITTERS ... Customs imposes ban on rice imports

December 12, 2016

A ban has been placed on the clearance of rice at all ports of entry.

Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) made the announcement today following reports that plastic rice is now on the island, and has made its way into some pots.

In addition to announcing that it has temporarily ceased the clearance of rice at the ports, the JCA has convened a meeting with the relevant regulatory agencies. Those agencies includes the Bureau of Standards (BSJ), the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry of Health and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Members of the public are urged to call the JCA or the BSJ and report if they have bought this product or are aware of the place of distribution, so that steps can be taken for the removal of the product from the market.