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Samuda says samples submitted by Lisa Hanna not plastic rice

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 8:03 PM

Industry and Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda says there is no indication of contamination in the samples of rice submitted for testing by the St Ann South East Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna earlier this week.

Hanna posted a video on her Instagram account asserting that she might have purchased so-called plastic rice.

In a statement this afternoon, Samuda said separate samples of cooked and uncooked rice were submitted by the MP to the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority on Wednesday and Thursday.

He says both samples were submitted to the Bureau of Standards Jamaica for thorough testing which revealed no evidence of plastic or unusual elements.

Samuda says Hanna has been notified of the test results.

In the past few months, some Jamaicans have claimed that they have bought so-called plastic rice from local businesses.

However, the government has indicated that the results from samples tested have all been negative.