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Alert! China Floods Nigerian Market With Plastic Rice

20 Nov

There are reports that China, a nation
famous for “having all and making all”
has now taken a step further in the
wrong direction with the mass
production and distribution of plastic
rice.
In each bag of rice, a small amount of
real rice is mixed with the plastic rice,
sprayed with a fragrance to mimic the
smell of rice then packaged for
commercial exportation to African
countries which happens to be the
continent with the largest Chinese rice
consumption rate.
The plastic rice is reportedly made by
forming potatoes and sweet potatoes
into the shape of regular rice grains,
then
adding industrial synthetic resins. These
fake rice grains look exactly like rice but
remain hard after cooking and it is
feared to be a major causative factor in
gastritis and other stomach related
diseases.
So far, experts say there is no scientific
rice testing method developed yet to
detect this artificial rice from the
original ones produced at the various
points of entry into countries. However,
as Christmas,a season when the
consumption of rice is considered to be
at its peak in Nigeria draws closer,here
are the simple home tests you can carry
out to determine if your rice is fake.
1. The Water Test
Take a glass of water, drop a table
spoon of raw rice inside it and stir. If
what you have is the plastic rice it will
float at the top but if the rice goes to
the bottom, it is the real thing,good for
eating.
2. The Fire Test
Knowing what plastic smells like, take a
hand-full of rice and burn it using match
or
lighter. If the rice is made with plastic,
it will certainly release the plastic
smell.
3. Boiling Test
Closely observe the rice while boiling it.
If it contains plastic rice it will start
forming a thick layer at the top of the
pot.
4. The Fungus Test
After boiling the rice, put some of it in a
bottle and leave for 2-3 days. If mold
does not appear in a few days, your rice
is fake and should not be consumed. It
will not grow mold because plastic is
not affected by weather or season.
Plastic remains plastic.
5. Hot Oil Test
Just take some rice and drop into some
very hot oil. If its plastic rice, it will
melt and stick together a the bottom of
the pot.
Source:Nairaland (though not yet confirm by raufworld)

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