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Bureau of Standards to release results of 'plastic rice' sample today

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 8:42 AM

The Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is to release today the results of tests on samples of rice believed to be contaminated with plastic.

The BSJ says the samples of the alleged fake rice were taken from Mandeville.

On Sunday night, Television Jamaica showed footage of a woman who was cooking what appeared to be plastic rice at her home in Manchester.

Meanwhile, The BSJ says the sample of rice taken from the Corporate Area yesterday has been tested and it shows no evidence that it was plastic.

However, Orine Henry of the National Compliance and Regulatory unit says testing is continuing on a wider scale.


Orine Henry of the National Compliance and Regulatory Unit of the Bureau of Standards

The Customs department has temporarily halted the clearance of rice at all ports of entry following reports of the so called plastic rice on the market.

Meanwhile, members of the public are urged to call the Jamaica Customs Agency or the Bureau of Standards and report if they have bought this product or are aware of the place of distribution.