China has been producing fake rice for at least four years, and it is still on the market. Singapore media reported that this “rice” is produced with poisonous plastic. It is shaped like regular rice grains but remains hard after cooking and can cause serious health issues.
But many consumers still don’t know what they’re getting.
An undercover journalist has found out that in order to make the fake rice, a small amount of real rice is mixed with plastic rice, sprayed with a fragrance to replicate the original rice smell, packaged and shipped to stores across China and Africa. It was reported that annually 800,000 tons of real rice is produced, whether plastic or another type of rice; more than 9 million tons of it is fake.
Eating three bowls of this rice is equal to consuming about one plastic bag; it can be dangerous and can cause serious digestive issues, and even be fatal if consumed daily.
Most people in China eat more than a half a pound of rice a day. The distributors have said that selling this rice in large qualities is very profitable, according to Korean Times.
The truth about this synthetic product started coming to light when the rice distributors started selling it outside China. It has been reported to have been found in India, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore.
The National Food Authority (NFA) of the Republic of the Philippines is currently investigating a few reports of plastic rice sold in their country, and is reportedly using a handheld “spectroscopy device” to detect the rice, which may cause serious health problems if too much is consumed.
As Christmas draws close, a lot of people will be getting bags of rice from their employers, friends and well-wishers. You can determine if your rice is fake by carrying out any of the simple tests below.
- The mortar and pestle test
When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, if the powder gives a quite white colour, you are good to go but it has a yellow discoloration, your rice must be fake.
- The fire test
You know what plastic smells like right. So, get a lighter and burn a handful of rice. If it catches fire and smells like burnt plastic, you have fake rice.
- The water test’
Get a glass of cold water. Pour a tablespoon of raw rice in the glass and stir. If the rice goes to the bottom, it is all good. If it floats at the top, be careful because it means it contains ‘plastic rice’. Do not eat.
- The mold test
Boil the rice. Leave it in a warm place for like 2-3 days. If mold does not appear in a few days, your rice is fake and should not be consumed. It will not get mold because plastic is not affected by the weather or temperature.
- The boiling test
Observe the rice while boiling. If it starts forming a thick layer at the top of the pot, it is ‘plastic rice’.
- The hot oil test
Just take some of the rice drop into some real hot oil. If it is plastic, it will melt or stick together or stick at the bottom of the pan. Share these tips with your friends and family so they do not end up eating ‘plastic rice’. These tests are very simple. Do not eat plastic rice, be careful.
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