Malacanang warns public against fake rice

MANILA, July 5 (PNA) -- Malacañang warned the public on from buying fake rice which reportedly had found its way in Davao City.

"Nananawagan po tayo sa mga mamamayan na maging maingat at bumili lamang ng bigas mula sa mga accredited at reliable na nagbebenta nito, ‘yun po talagang authorized rice dealers o mga tindahan ng bigas na mayroong pahintulot ng NFA (National Food Authority) at sa mga awtoridad," said Presidential Communications Operation Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a radio interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

President Benigno Aquino III last Friday ordered Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to trace where the fake or synthetic rice originated, Coloma noted.

Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis Pangilinan was also told to investigate the matter.

"Ang NFA, sa pamamagitan ng kanilang Food Development Center, ay nagsasagawa ng mga laboratory test ng mga sample na naisumite po sa kanila at ipapalabas po nila ang resulta nito sa lalong madaling panahon," said Coloma.

According to reports, there were consumers who complained that they had bought fake rice in Davao City. (PNA)
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