‘Some Imported Rice and Poultry Products Are Poisonous’ – FG
The Federal Government has said all foreign brands of rice in the country were smuggled and some of the smuggled rice and poultry may be unfit for human consumption.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said due to months of being stored under poor conditions before being smuggled into Nigeria from neighboring countries, some rice and poultry products may have become contaminated.
According to The Punch the ministry states that the Consumer Protection Council reported that it has not received any form M, for rice importation this year, therefore all foreign rice in the country are smuggled.
An ‘e-Form M’, is a mandatory documentation process put in place by the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria to monitor goods that are imported into the country.
Speaking in Abuja at an event on how to stop the importation of frozen chicken and rice, the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, noted that it was the duty of the government to protect citizens against any form of harm.
“For imported rice, we don’t know how long it had been in their (exporters) silos. Recently, one country decided to bring in a shipload of rice into Nigeria so that we can use it to support the IDPs (Internationally Displaced Persons) in the North-East, but when we subjected the rice to a test, we discovered that the rice was actually poisonous.
“This means that most imported rice have been in silos for 10 to 15 years and have no nutritional value. So what we have told them is that anybody who wants to support the IDPs or any other person in Nigeria should please use our local rice. The argument is that local rice is more expensive, but we say even if it means buying half bags, do it.
“It is better for us to eat a smaller quantity of nutritious rice than for us to take poisonous shiploads of rice. Also, we discovered that chemicals used for smuggled poultry products are the ones used for embalming corpses. So what we want Nigerians to know is that anybody who eats smuggled poultry products is actually embalming himself while still alive.”