NFA intensifies efforts vs. alleged fake rice

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The National Food Authority (NFA) said on Tuesday (June 30) that it is still confirming reports of fake rice allegedly made of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic in the Philippine market.

The samples submitted to the agency are still undergoing laboratory testing.

Samples of alleged fake rice from Davao have been brought to the NFA Food Development Center (NFA-FDC) in Taguig for testing.

However, in order for the results to be conclusive, at least one kilogram of uncooked rice must be subjected to scientific testing.

"Scientists are having difficulty getting a conclusive result because of the small quantity of cooked rice,” said Administrator Renan Dalisay.

Dalisay emphasized that the public's safety is the main concern after the reports of alleged synthetic rice came out.

NFA conducted a surprise inspection of public markets in Metro Manila on Tuesday to check on the reported presence of suspected fake or plastic rice from China.

Should the public encounter any suspected plastic rice, the NFA encouraged people to report it through its hotline number 0906-4363133.