Rice is the staple food of more than half of the world’s population and so, this alleged fake rice news is really a serious issue for us. Most people are now in panic and trying to determine the real one from the fake one.
It’s been quite a while that this alleged fake rice news has been circulated around in all forms of media to warn consumers about it.
There has been some various reports that have said that Chinese companies are mass producing these alleged fake rice. A website Snopes investigated about it, and has determined such report s are either unproven or hoax, saying that plastic rice are likely more expensive to produce than the real one.
Then, last year in December 2016, there was about 2.5 tonnes of plastic rice from China had been seized to Nigeria according to report. After a few weeks, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health stated that, there was no evidence of plastic rice circulating in their country after preliminary tests performed by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control. Only to find out that the rice was just contaminated with bacteria which was later announced by Yetunde Oni.
Here in the Philippines, The National Food Authority also denied the recent social media reports that there was a fake rice selling in the market today. Instead, they’ve issued several signs to determine whether the rice was actually the real one.
According to the NFA, the real rice will see the 'bran streak' or the mark left from the husk that covered it. This mark will be left if the rice is not overmilled.
On one side, it looks like a dent in a grain of rice is visible 'hilum' or there’s a semi-chalk portion in the middle of it. Each grain of rice is not consistent with shape and size.
Anyways, whether the alleged fake rice news is true or not, it is still much better to educate yourself on how to identify it.
Here are 5 test to help you identify plastic rice from the real one;
1. Drop a tablespoon of raw rice inside a glass of water and stir. If it floats then it was the fake one, but if it goes to the bottom then it’s good to consume it.
2. Burn a handful of rice by using lighter or matchstick. It will release plastic smell immediately after burning if it is made of plastic.
3. Boil rice and keep it in a jar or bottle for 2-3 days. If it is not affected by fungus then it happens to be plastic rice.
4. Drop hot oil onto a handful of rice. If it is made of plastic then it melt in a while and then stick at the bottom of container.
5. If rice is made from plastic it can be identified while boiling. It will form a thick layer on the pot at the time of boiling.
Consumption of plastic rice is dangerous for our health and can even lead to cancer or birth defects for pregnant woman.
So, make sure to purchase only to National Food Authority (NFA) accredited stores. You will know if the rice store is accredited by NFA if the full name of the trader and its license number are displayed.
If you have bought fake rice please call and inform NFA immediately because further investigation is needed here is the Bantay Bigas Hotline (0906 436 3133)
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