As news circulate about the possibility of 'plastic' rice being in the Jamaican market, citizens are also being urged to be vigilant when purchasing meat for consumption.

On Tuesday, (Dec 13), a representative from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries at the Jamaica Customs Agency addressed the media reports of ‘plastic rice’ distribution in Jamaica.

Dr. Osbil Watson, head of Veterinary Services at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, on Monday (Dec 12), encouraged consumers to be vigilant when purchasing meat.

This was in response to a question asked about past reports of dog and donkey meat being sold in Jamaica.

Dr. Watson stated that while the European market may offer horse meat for sale, the Government is putting out the stops.

However, consumers need to take it up on themselves to verify the origin of the meat before they purchase.

He added that no one that might be involved in the practice of selling dog and/or donkey meat, has been found.

“We have our officers at our port of entries to verify, as much as possible, that the products that are being imported comply with our local laws and meat requirements,” Dr. Watson explained.

As it relates to ‘plastic rice,’ the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda, says there is no evidence of plastic in the samples of rice tested by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ).

“The BSJ was provided with samples… and, so far, I can assure the people of Jamaica that there is absolutely no evidence of any contamination of plastic within the samples tested,” he said.

Mr. Samuda was speaking at a press briefing, held yesterday (December 13) at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices.

He added that the BSJ has been asked to conduct island-wide investigations into the source of all rice now in supermarkets.

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