September 18, 2017


Professor Alex Duodu acting Executive Director of Ghana Standard Authority, has assured members of the Public Account Committee (PAC) that there is no plastic rice on the Ghanaian market made of rubber, as published by a section of the media in recent times.

He confirmed that, his outfit placed a call to the Food and Drugs Authority and they have given a green light that there is no such case.

This came to light when GSA made appearance at the ongoing public hearing of the Public Account Committee of Public Corporations and Boards.

Member of Parliament for Aowin, Matthias Kwame Ntow and a member of the PAC asked this question at the committee sitting.

The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has rubbished claims that there is a so-called plastic rice on the Ghanaian market as alleged through videos circulating on social media and elsewhere.

Similar reports have surfaced in other countries in the sub-region including Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.

Indeed, in 2016, customs officials in Nigeria confiscated 2.5 tons of what it called “plastic rice” smuggled into the country by unscrupulous businessmen.

Some videos circulating also seem to show these food items being manufactured, whilst some other videos show people performing improvised tests to confirm the plastic nature of the rice.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/