Plastic Rice: Polymer Institute Warns Of Circulation Rice In Nigeria, Discloses Brand To Be Avoided

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The Polymer Istitute of Nigeria has raised an alarm that there is some plastic rice which poses health challenges in circulation in the country.

The warning is contained in a statement signed by its President, Prof. Paul Mamza, made available to newsmen on Saturday evening.

“As the NATIONAL president of the Polymer Institute of Nigeria, it is our sole responsibility as the professional body  regulating Polymer in Nigeria to intimate the general public that some plastic rice has been imported to our country Nigeria from China with a trade name ‘Beat Tomatoes Rice’ without expiring date and NAFDAC registration number  respectively.

“This plastic rice are produced from  potato powder and plastic materials basically by blending and extruding this  material through an extruder and then pelletized it in the sizes of rice grains,” it stated.

According to the statement, you can identify these grains by dropping some quantity into a bowl  of water and stir, if it settles down, it means it’s the real rice but if it floats on top of the water, it means its plastic rice, and if you as well heat  this grains on a pan, they melt and sticks to the pan. If the grains are also  grounded the colour turns light yellow and white if it is normal rice.
“I hereby use this golden  opportunity to intimate the general public that plastic rice is detrimental to  human health when consumed because of the chemicals used in the production of  plastic, hence this can in-turn cause cancer.
“As the chartering process of the  Polymer Institute of Nigeria is on a fast course. The bill for the  establishment on the chartered Polymer Institute of Nigeria has been read on  the floor of the Senate at its plenary on Tuesday, 6th December,  2016 as a first reading, we also use this medium to urge law makers to hurry up  the bill process for Mr President to urgently sign this bill into law, if this is done we will join the NAFDAC and  other regulating bodies to help curb the production and importation of such
goods into Nigeria,” it explained.

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