. . . At no point, however, were there confirmed cases of large amounts of plastic chips being passed off as rice.
"Plastic rice" is manufactured for use in shipping boxes, but it's likely that in most cases the cost of the chips would actually be more expensive than real rice.
The story had reached social media in Africa by 2016 when Nigerian customs authorities confiscated 2.5 tonnes of rice.
Customs officials initially claimed that the rice was plastic - and were later forced to backtrack when the country's health minister said there was no evidence for the claims.
Tests showed that the rice did however contain a high level of bacteria, Nigeria's National Agency For Food and Drugs said. . . . -
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