After the issue of alleged fake rice found in Kulai became viral, the public can be rest assured as the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has clarified that no foreign ingredients or plastics were found in the Thai fragrant rice packs as claimed.
“After the issue went viral, the Enforcement team did an investigation in Tesco Kulai and took 3 samples of 5kg and 10kg Thai fragrant rice AA which was then sent to the Chemistry Department for further analysis on the ingredients. We have gathered results that no plastic or foreign ingredients were found in the rice,” said Johor Director of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK), Khairul Anwar Bachok to the media.
A consumer, P.Bhaskaran had claimed to purchase the mentioned 5kg rice pack from the hypermarket in Kulai, Johor and lodged a police report after finding it hard to chew and that it produced a plastic odour.
Khairul also stated that the Ministry did receive a complaint with the same issue in Pontian, Johor back in April which also led to a similar result of no plastic contained.
He explained that companies can be charged up to RM250,000 while individuals up to RM100,000 or three years’ jail for the first offence if found guilty of false representation and misleading consumers on information relating to the product under the Consumers Protection Act 1999.
“The consumers are advised to refer to KPDNKK for further accurate information about any products rather than believing in any viral news. For any complaints or enquiries, the public can call 1800-886-800, email to eaduan.kpdnkk.gov.my or head directly to our offices,” said Khairul.
In the same week, an online portal reported another case of alleged fake rice of Super Special Rambutan brand but the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek denied those allegations after carrying out several tests on the ingredients including cooking and burning the sample taken and found no artificial ingredients as claimed.
“Logically, to produce plastic rice costs higher than the planted ones. In fact, the global rice market price is currently low and there’s no reason for us to replace it with alleged fake rice,” Shabery added.
He also stressed that the fake rice claims had started since 2011 in India and Indonesia with their authorities from both countries found it to be false reports.