PM Eats Rice, Eases Nation’s Fears
By: Talk Bangkok
After accusations of contaminated rice, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has shown that the rice is not toxic by consuming it in front of the public, reports the Bangkok Post.

"There are enough standard tests before the rice is packed, so do not worry about," Ms. Yingluck assured between mouthfuls of the fluffy white grain. "The problem may happen in some but no all processes."

Many of the rice factories in Thailand have come under fire recently after accusations surfaced that the rice was tainted from being fumigated. One TV producer posted on his Facebook profile about the problem and is now eating his words after tests came up negative for contamination. He joined Yingluck in her public meal of rice. The producer has since gone back on his warnings, claiming the rice is good enough to eat and even to be promoted on his show.

The Foundation for Consumers (FFC) has not let the issue drop after they claim their privately funded tests came back with different results. Particularly, a majority of the rice contained amounts of methyl bromide that were higher than industry standards. Questions arise over the validity and quality of these tests, however, the FFC is urging the FDA of the United States to examine the rice as well.

 


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