CAUTION: Poisonous rice floods Nigerian markets

CAUTION: Poisonous rice floods Nigerian markets

There are reports that expired foreign rice has made its way through the very porous Nigerian borders.

The poisonous rice is said to have been smuggled through Seme, Idiroko, Shaki and Chikanda borders.

Nigeria shares major borders with Benin Republic at Seme Border (Lagos), Idiroko (Ogun State), Shaki (Oyo State) and Chikanda (Kwara State).

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Some of the smuggled rice have been exposed to poor storage facilities, rain, weevils and other geologic elements.

NAFDAC says the rice is not fit for consumption. The agency however failed to disclose the name of particular rice.

It was gathered that a larger percentage of rice imported into the Francophone country were meant for sale in Nigeria.

However, the rice was smuggled into the country through methods that include pouring grains of rice into various crevices of vehicles.

The product are also believed to be conveyed in open wooden canoes across creeks and waterways with large quantity of unhygienic waters splashing on them.

Recall that the comptroller-general of customs, Hameed Ali warned Nigerians to desist from patronizing rice smuggled through land borders.

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Ali had said that 99% of rice smuggled through the land borders is not fit for human consumption.

He said NAFDAC samples have confirmed the reports too.

Since the government has failed to say what particular rice is unfit for consumption, we strongly advise consumers to buy rice from known and established sellers.