'Test'ing time - authorities try to find plastic rice

December 13, 2016

Local authorities will swoop down on several establishments in the coming days to take rice samples as it seeks to identify if there is 'plastic rice' being sold.

It was revealed during a press conference yesterday at Jamaica Customs that samples were taken from Manchester for testing by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division, and results would be made public within three days.

Karlene Henry, deputy CEO operations at Customs, said if there is plastic rice, they cannot rule out that it originated in Jamaica.

When quizzed about the link to Chinese establishments and testing wholesales downtown, Henry said "We are going to be testing almost everybody".

Consumers are asked to contact the Consumer Affairs Commission if they stumble on fake rice and an investigation will begin from there.

The regulatory body also said the fake rice would not be discernible to the naked eye unless it is cooked.

The BSJ said that they would undertake three series of tests to determine the authenticity of the rice, while the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries said it has detained all shipments of rice on the ports.

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