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No sign of plastic rice in Jamaica, so far

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 10:46 AM

The Minister of Industry and Commerce Karl Samuda says tests conducted by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) have confirmed that there is no contaminated or plastic rice on the local market.

The assurance comes after the BSJ revealed that it found no sign of contamination in 55 samples of cooked and uncooked rice that have so far been tested.

In a statement yesterday, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce said the samples were collected from nine locations across the island and included rice that was taken from a complainant who appeared in a television news report on Friday.

It said the samples were subjected to starch, moisture content, floating and flame tests as well as Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analyses.

Despite the BSJ findings, Samuda said the agency would continue to collect and test samples.