- The FDA has stated that it cannot stop the flow of fake products, but the public can be protected from them
- The CEO stated that plastics cannot absorb water, and therefore cannot be cooked
- She also stated emphatically that studies have shown that there is no plastic rice in Ghana
Delese Mimi Darko, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has revealed that Ghana is not ready to stop the importation of fake products into the country.
She however added that there are mechanisms to protect the public from the use of unwholesome products.
She expressed her belief in the FDA’s Post Market Surveillance (PMS) programme, to detect fake products that are not to be consumed.
She emphatically stated that there is no country that can stop the importation of such product, but then there are mechanisms to deal with the issue.
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The CEO was addressing the issue of fake rice that has found its way into Ghana, as a result of a viral video on social media.
She indicated that the news was totally false, since aside the fact that research shows there is no such rice in Ghana, there was no way plastic rice could be converted into edible food.
The Authority further reached out to its international partner, the National Food Safety Authority Network (INFOSAN), which confirmed that allegations of fake rice in Singapore, Nigeria, Canada, and lately Ghana, were untrue.
She argued that the physical and chemical properties of plastics made them incapable of being converted into food. This is because, they cannot neither absorb water nor mix with water.
She also touched on the reason some grains of rice bounced anytime they were converted to balls and hit on the floor.
She stated that the degree to which rice bounced depended on the amount of starch in it, and not because it is plastic.
She said that different varieties of rice have varying properties, and as such they may or may not bounce, depending on the amount of starch in it.
The CEO concluded by advising the public to disregard the video, as it portrays untruths about the safety of consumption of rice, especially in Ghana.
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