The Malaysian Health Ministry said no fake rice imported into the country as shared in a recent social media report that went viral. In a statement today, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the ministry had been monitoring the types of rice available in the local market and can confirm that the fake rice are not sold in the country. Noor noted three brands of rice – Kokeshi, Kohinoor Basmati and NICR – said to be produced from plastic are not sold in Malaysia, whose major rice exporters include Vietnam, Thailand and Pakistan. In a statement, the Health Ministry said Malaysians should not worry because inspections were conducted constantly to ensure food safety in the market. Should consumers have doubt on the safety of a particular food item in the market, Dr Noor Hisham said they can make a complaint to the ministry through the state Health Department or the nearest district Health Office.
The confirmation was verified by Padiberas Nasional Bhd (Bernas), a national agency for the local paddy and rice industry, which said that the rice has been imported from these countries in bulk with clear origins. Bernas also added that all the rice are imported in bulk and packaged locally in a variety of sizes and the public need not worry about fake rice as the monitoring and enforcement of food safety are constantly carried out to ensure that food available in the market is safe. In June last year too, the health ministry had clarified allegations on fake rice. A producing factory in Kedah was alleged to have produces fake rice, which was found to be untrue and baseless.