“Only God knows what would have happened” if people ate the fake rice, said Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu.
Sickeningly, the plastic looks and feels like real rice. It even seems like rice when it's cooked, as it gets soft and sticky. There is a slight difference, in that it gives off a slight chemical smell and becomes excessively sticky, but not different enough to guarantee it would have been caught by every restaurant or consumer it passed hands through.
Finding this, potentially, deadly shipment of plastic posing as food is a huge win for the people of Nigeria. It is not the first time plastic has been posed as food, as a similar counterfeit product was uncovered in China last year.