Reports of genetically-modified and thus poisonous rice being present in the Nigerian market are false.
This is according to Dr. Rufus Ebegba, the Director-General of the National Biosafety Management Agency.
He said, “The attention of the NBMA has been drawn to a certain online post that a firm and the government of Nigeria have flooded the Nigerian market with the GM rice purported to be poisonous.
“This falsehood definitely is the product of the writer’s imagination, who probably is using a pseudo name.
“As a regulatory body established by the government to regulate the activities of modern biotechnology and the release and use of genetically modified organisms in the country to ensure safety to the environment and human health, the NBMA wishes to state that there is no iota of truth in the said post and reinstates that no GM rice has either been imported or released officially into the country.
No poisonous rice in Nigeria
“In a bid to cast aspersions on the modest efforts of the government towards the adoption of safe biotechnology in Nigeria, the writer craftly and maliciously laced his post with poison to cause unnecessary public panic.”
He added, “No GM rice has been commercially released anywhere in the world. It should also be recalled that the government has banned the importation of rice in Nigeria. This ban was widely publicised in the media and there are no indications that the ban has been lifted.
“The NBMA therefore enjoins Nigerians to disregard the post and join hands with the agency in its quest to ensure safety in the practice of modern biotechnology in Nigeria in line with global best practices.”