With the Federal Government’s announcement of imminent famine next year coupled with Nigeria’s craze for imported goods, experts have raised the alarm of possible flooding of the Nigerian market with harmful ‘plastic rice.”
Since 2011, the world was alerted to the industrial manufacture of rice by Chinese firms.
In a report by the Korean Times on the growing menace, the newspaper said; “China famous for having all, making all, has now been reported to have made rice out of plastic and has distributed it.
“The Korean-language Weekly Hong Kong in Hong Kong quoted Singapore media that “Fake rice made out of plastic is massively sold on the Chinese market.”
“According to the report, some distributors are selling fake rice in Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, and this rice is a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic.
“This ‘plastic rice’ is made by forming potatoes and sweet potatoes into rice-like shape, then adding industrial synthetic resins,” said a food expert. “Since the rice is different from normal rice, it is hard like stone even when cooked.
Moreover, the synthetic resin in it is very harmful to the human body.”
One Chinese restaurant association official warns that eating three bowls of ‘plastic rice’ is the same as eating one vinyl bag. He added that since the rice is very dangerous there would be strict investigation on the rice factory.
But Nigerians can determine if the rice they have is genuine or not by following any of the simple tests:
The water test
Pour a tablespoon of raw rice into a glass filled with cold water and mix vigorously. If the rice falls to the bottom of the glass, everything is fine, if on the contrary it floats on the surface, be vigilant, because it surely contains plastic!
The fire test
Using a lighter and a match, burn a handful of rice. If it catches fire and smells of burnt plastic, you know what to do! Do not eat it!
The mortar and pestle test
When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, the powder should be quite white. For artificial rice, you will notice a yellow discoloration instead.
The mold test
If you want to be sure that you do not risk anything with your cooked rice, put a small amount into a tupperware and leave it in a warm place. In a few days, mold will have to appear, otherwise it is that your rice is artificial.
This is how to get it right: is the rice you buy natural or artificial? Show these diff tips to all your friends so they do not take the risk of eating plastic.