Head of Plant Protection and Quarantine Unit, Nelson Laville has denounced the rumors of plastic cabbage being distributed in Dominica.
Recently, concerned citizens raised uproar as videos showing what was deemed ‘plastic cabbage’ circulated on social media.
The concern increased as numerous neighboring islands banned the importation of cabbage while they conducted their investigations.
In an interview with the media on Friday, Laville stated that an exporter would breach numerous international laws if they were to export tainted cabbage.
He noted that once an import permit is issued and sent to the exporter from that country they are to meet all the requirements listed within the import permit.
He also added that due to the public uproar, The Plant Quarantine Unit did their own experiments on recently imported samples.
“Notwithstanding that, there was this rumor and these videos that were spread around. So we took action, in collaboration with the Environmental Health Department and we collected some of those samples and we proceeded to test it in our labs,” Laville stated.
Laville added that experiments results show that the cabbage is real with a thicker cuticle. The cuticle is what has been rumored to be plastic.
“The cabbage is real cabbage. The only thing is that the cuticle which is a part of the leaf is a little thicker than we are accustomed to. So our assumption is it is because of the variety of the cabbage,” he noted.
He went on to explain that although cabbage is green, “there is always this white glossy layer on the cabbage and that is the cuticle of the cabbage.”
“So once we are able to remove the cuticle and test it, it proved to be plant tissue. So having said this, the cabbage is not plastic cabbage. It is just normal cabbage with a thick cuticle,” Laville further added.