The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) denied reports that there is fake rice proliferating in the domestic market.
The denial was made by Dr. Mario Capanzana, Director IV of FNRI.
Capanzana said that based on the study made by the Department of Health (DOH), there is no fake rice but only “contaminated rice.”
“It was possibly mishandled,” he pointed out.
He said that the rice may have undergone retrogradation process or the rice was spoiled before it was put in the freezer.
It also showed that there were three chemicals found in the rice that were tested of which one, dibutyl palate is used in the making of plastic, he added.
“This is just an isolated case, “Capanzana said adding that “the public should not worry.”
Earlier, a nationwide search for fake rice was ordered led by elements of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Clarification on alleged “fake rice” was made during the press conference of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) held in Puerto Princesa City.