Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has expressed concern that expired rice meant for animals is being smuggled into the country for Nigerians to consume.
The Minister raised the alarm while speaking with journalists yesterday in his Oro, Kwara state.
According to him, if most of the rice being smuggled into the country is put under scrutiny, they will fail NAFDAC test, because most of them had been on the shelf for more than six years and expired.
He said: “The rice being imported now is not fit for consumption in their countries of origin. They are also being subsidised and sent here even in credit because those people know that they are unfit for consumption; they are only fit for animals. Imported rice are mostly smuggled into the country because they cannot pass NAFDAC test. No Nigerian rice is more than one year old but the imported ones have spent even six years in their countries”