Malawi Bureau of Standards (MSB) officials say they are alert of of “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen.
MSB director Devlin Chokazinga has said his organisation is aware of moves by unscrupulous businessmen who are selling ‘plastic rice’ to unsuspecting merry making people.
“We are aware of this and officers are very alert, they will be testing suspicious rice from shops,” he said.
MBS comments comes in the wake of reports that Nigeria has confiscated 2.5 tonnes of fake rice which was intended to be sold in markets during the festive season.
It is not clear where the seized sacks came from but rice made from plastic pellets was found in China last year.
Chokazinga also warned consumers to be on the lookout and report to police or MBS suspicious rice.
The BBC reported Wednesday that authorities there have confisticated 2.5 million tonnes of fake rice which was very sticky after it was boiled and “only God knows what would have happened” if people ate it, according Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu
BBC News reports in Lagos, Martin Patience, reported that when he sniffed the plastic rice, it had a thick odour of chemicals.