Now, news about fake rice has been circulating again on social media sites and it is quite alarming. But the most terrifying thing is, according to rumors, plastic rice are now being exported to other Asian countries like Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, and India.
The news about fake rice originated in Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, China where resin (a sticky organic substance from some plants and trees) is reportedly common.
The fake grains were made of mixed potatoes and industrial synthetic resin which can be deadly if eaten on a daily basis.
Health experts are warning people that these plastic grains can cause harm to the digestive system if consumed. A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice is equal to one plastic bag being consumed.
To make the matter worst, the difference between a fake and natural rice is quite hard to tell when raw.
The only way to distinguished plastic rice is by cooking it as it remains hard and is difficult to digest. “One publication explained that soup cooked with plastic rice will form a plastic film over the top, which burns when heated.” according to oddity central.
However, the allegation of China’s fake rice is not yet proven to be true. Malaysia’s Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumerism Hasan Malek said that people should not panic over the news until it is officially confirmed.
“The news can be true or false; we don’t know. We also don’t know if the fake rice has entered the country, but we cannot take such things lightly and will carry out investigations nationwide.” he told Star Online.
“We will conduct our investigations, but I would urge consumers to come forward and report to the ministry if they come across such rice. All reports made will be treated confidentially.” Hasan added.
Though he admitted that the fake rice would be hard to detect if mixed along with normal rice. The good thing is, an investigative team will focus on testing rice samples at small shops as it is reported that plastic rice is being sold only in little shops, not large supermarkets, making it harder to detect.
“As part of AVA’s routine surveillance, imported rice is regularly inspected and sampled to ensure compliance with our food safety standards and requirements,” a spokesperson of Singapore’s Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) told The Straits Times, as they reacted to the news after rumors surfaced that the fake rice had entered the country. “We have not received any feedback on fake rice.”