No synthetic rice in Davao City - NFA

National Food Authority on Wednesday has reassured residents in Davao Region that they have not yet spotted any sign of the presence of the fake-rice in the region. The reassurance came following the release of the results of the test on the sample of the foam-like rice made by the Food Development Center. NFA provincial manager Virgilio Alerta said their initial inspection yielded no “conclusive” evidence of the so-called synthetic rice in Region 11 markets.

Alerta: “Wala pa talaga itong conclusive evidence dahil sa ngayon, tumutulong na nga ang ating pulisya sa paghahanap kung saan talaga ang source (ng sinasabing fake rice).” (There is really no evidence yet, even the police has been helping in tracking down the source. The Food Development Center said that based on the test result, it appeared the rice was contaminated with dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and is not considered synthetic rice. Dibutyl phthalate, according to Wikipedia, is a commonly used plasticizer. It is also used as an additive to adhesives or printing links. It is soluble in various organic solvents, e. g. in alcohol, ether and benzene. DBP is also used as ectoparasiticide. As this developed, the NFA said the Davao City police still continues to gather leads on where the contaminated rice came from since a Davao City resident has reported that the rice she had bought last month appeared as a foam-like rice. Davao City police spokesperson Senior Inspector Milgrace Driz said that to date, they have not yet established any presence of a retailer of the fake rice in Davao City. She however said that the NFA and the police asked the public to report to them any occurrence of the incident regarding contaminated rice.
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