MANILA – The National Food Authority (NFA) has assured the public that no incident involving fake rice has been reported in the Philippines so far.
The NFA made the assurance amidst reports of alleged fake rice in Davao and other parts of the country.
Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Presidential Assistant Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan said the reported fake rice in Davao was not fake but was only contaminated.
“It turned out that it was not fake. It was contaminated rice. It was mishandled,” Pangilinan stressed.
Authorities said the rice sample from Davao appeared fake due to the presence of dibutyl phthalate, which was inadvertently mixed with the rice.
With this, the NFA declared the Philippines as fake-rice free. – BusinessNewsAsia.com