Philippine government going after fake riceStaff writer ▼ | July 11, 2015
Secretary Francis N. Pangilinan of the Office of Presidential Assistant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization (OPAFSAM) of the Philippines allayed fears of the public against the alleged "fake rice" as government agencies have joined forces to act on the issue.
Health and food Government agencies have joined forces
National Food Authority Administrator Renan B. Dalisay said that he has also instructed field offices nationwide to intensify its post market surveillance to assure the consuming public that alleged” fake rice” has not proliferated in the market and the one found in Davao is only an isolated case.
Based on the sample from Davao tested by FDC of the NFA, it was found out that the rice is positive for dibutyl phthalate (DBP). However, other samples submitted to NFA- FDC for laboratory analysis were found negative for such contaminant including those 50 complaints received based on visual inspection.
Department of Health Undersecretary Kenneth Go, a toxicologist said that there is nothing to worry about if the said contaminant is taken on a minimal amount. This might have an effect on the endocrine if taken regularly and in large quantity. If taken on small dosage, this will have no effect on human body, he further added. ■