Pangilinan hits officials who say it’s OK for public to eat weevil-infested rice


Posted at Sep 01 2018 06:56 PM

MANILA—Senator Francis Pangilinan on Saturday slammed government officials who claimed that Filipinos can still consume some 100,000 sacks of rice that were infested with insects.

Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on Friday shared a video showing him cooking and eating weevil-infested rice to prove that it was still safe to consume it.

"If government officials can stomach weevil-infested rice, the people we all serve cannot," Pangilinan said in a statement without directly referring to the Agriculture chief.

"Raise the standards for rice we feed our children. Raise the standards for governance."

The National Food Authority earlier said it was natural for rice to be infested with weevil.

"Common na nangyayari 'yan sa bigas . . . Fumigation follows international standards. After fumigation, pwede ibaba uli at ilagay sa bodega," NFA spokesperson Rex Estoperez said.

(That commonly happens to rice. After fumigation, you can again store it in the warehouse.)

The NFA blamed unloading delays due to bad weather for the infestation.