The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has temporarily ceased the clearance of rice at all ports of entry. The agency made the announcement a short while ago amid reports of artificial rice being sold in Jamaica. It said members of the public are urged to call Jamaica Customs or the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and report if they have bought artificial rice or are aware of the places where it is being distributed so that steps may be taken for its removal. It added that a public advisory will be issued on protecting the health and safety of the population. In the meantime, the Bureau of Standards has said it is in possession of a sample of the 'plastic' rice, on which tests are being conducted.