ABUJA, (Xinhua) --
Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Monday raised an alarm
over the circulation of harmful rice products in the local
market and how they could be harmful to human bodies.
The food and drugs
control agency said it has renewed its plan to stop the
circulation of such harmful rice in the country.
Speaking in the city
of Awka, capital of Nigeria’s southeastern state of Anambra,
Christiana Esenwa, a coordinator of NAFDAC, said the government
was insisting on a full branding of rice to save consumers from
Esenwa noted that
particularly during Yuletide, there was a lot of illegally
packaged rice in the west African nation.
She said while the
government was encouraging an increase in local rice production,
there was the need to protect millions of consumers from the
harmful effects of unauthorized rice which contained biological
and chemical substances that could cause serious damage to the
human system if not subjected to standard treatment.
“There are so many
hazards in eating rice that has not been tested because it
harbors heavy metals due to nature of its production, these are
arsenic and aflatoxins which are harmful to the human body,” the