-Standard bureau clears air
February 3, 2017 Ibrahim K. Turay
Deputy Director of Sierra Leone Standards Bureau, Amadu Bah, has expressed grave concern over a video making the rounds on social media that there is ‘plastic rice’ in the Sierra Leonean market, stating that there was no such rice in circulation in the country.
Bah was speaking yesterday at the Ministry of Information and Communications weekly press briefing in Freetown.
Last week, a video was shared on social media, purporting that Sonia rice was made of plastic and that the public should not buy it for consumption.
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“We want to allay the fears of the public that there is no plastic rice in the market. Sonia rice is not made of plastic. The sender of the video on whatsApp has an ulterior motive of doing so,” he said.
Bah said they have standard equipment to test all food items imported into the country, and that the ‘Sonia rice’ has gone through thorough test.
Bah said they normally take samples of rice and other food items imported into the country for test, and that even the local rice is always tested by the bureau.
The Deputy Director further noted that the Bureau has an alert system that notifies them of goods that have been refused entry into other countries as a result of its status.
“Rice is our staple food in this country. Any attempt to discourage people from buying it would be detrimental to the Bureau and even the general public,” he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication, Collinous Devaoux, disclosed that they were working on a policy they would use against people that misuse the social media.