Authorities in Nigeria seized more than 100 bags of fake rice over the holiday weekend, according to The Guardian.
The Nigerian Custom Service confiscated the 110-pound bags labeled "Best Tomato Rice" after someone informed them that the rice was fake.
Nigeria's health ministry released a statement Friday saying it found no evidence that the rice was made of plastic or potentially toxic chemicals, CNN reports.
Tests conducted; floating - negative, cooking - normal, odour normal, color - off white rice grains, moisture - 13.0, pre-ashing - normal /2— Prof. Isaac Adewole (@IsaacFAdewole) December 22, 2016
'God knows what would have happened'
However, Nigeria's National Agency for Food Drug Administration Control hasn't released its report. The health minister's report contradicts initial reports from customs officials, according to CNN.
“We have done a preliminary analysis of the plastic rice. After boiling, it was sticky and only God knows what would have happened if people consumed it,” customs controller, Mamudu Haruna, was quoted saying.
Shipped from China
Haruna suggested that the smugglers may have been hoping to capitalize on Nigerians looking for a deal during the holiday season, when rice is a staple.
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina told CNN Nigeria spends more than $1 billion annually on imported rice and the demand for cheaper rice makes the country more vulnerable to counterfeit foods.
Police have arrested a suspect they believe illegally shipped the 102 bags of rice from China, The Guardian reports.
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