FG Replies Oyo Govt: Rice Fit For Human Consumption Even If Colour Changes

The federal government has responded to the Oyo State government’s claim that it supplied expired rice to the state as Coronavirus palliative.

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq, said all the rice distributed to states by the federal government were certified fit for human consumption.

Farouq, who spoke at the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja, said the rice was still consumable even if it changed colour.

She said that the rice was accessed by the National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) before delivering them to the states.

THE WHISTLER reported how Governor Seyi Makinde, through his adviser on Agribusiness, Debo Akande, alleged that about 1,800 bags of rice donated to Oyo State were infested with weevils.

But responding, Farouq said: “We all know if we keep rice or grain it is bound to change colour but that does not mean it is unfit for human consumption”.

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