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Markets inspected after synthetic rice report

Markets inspected after synthetic rice report

Police authorities in Indonesia found the alleged fake rice obtained from local wet markets, sparking food scares across the country.

The Bekasi Trade Agency deployed officials to seven traditional markets in the city on Wednesday to take rice samples following a report of alleged plastic rice being sold in a store at Mutiara Gading Market, East Bekasi, West Java.

Bekasi Trade Agency trade department head Herbert Panjaitan said over the phone on Wednesday that his office would bring the samples to the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) and state-owned survey company PT Sucofindo on Thursday. The test results are expected to be issued two or three days after the sample submissions.

A few days earlier, a rice porridge seller of Mustika Jaya subdistrict in Bekasi, identified as Dewi Septiani, uploaded pictures of alleged fake rice on social media and sent an email to the BPOM after she was unable to cook the rice into porridge, according to the Jakarta Post. The rice, according to her, only expanded, but did not soften.

Updated : 2021-09-27 10:26 GMT+08:00