Following the circulation of multiple videos in social media denouncing the sale of so-called “plastic rice”, the Ministry of Agriculture weighed in on the controversy and has delivered a straightforward and reassuring answer on the issue. ‘‘Consumers across the country need to be aware that they are eating natural, good-quality rice,’’ said Mariuxi Gomez, vice prime minister for the Ministry of Agriculture, on January 8. At the beginning of January, a number of social media users started reporting about plastic rice being sold at local markets (especially in the province of Guayas). Soon after, authorities began taking action. On January…
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