Reports indicate that China produces fake rice which is mixed with plastic for exportation to African countries including Nigeria.
China has a history of making fake food items and the fake rice phenomenon has been there for a while.
A reputable English-language newspaper in Korea, The Korea Times, reported that “China famous for having all, making all, has now been reported to have made rice out of plastic and has distributed it.”
The ‘plastic rice’ is reportedly made by forming potatoes and sweet potatoes into regular rice grains shape, then adding industrial synthetic resins. It remains hard after cooking and can cause serious health issues.
Experts have raised the alarm of possible flooding of the Nigerian market with the ‘plastic rice’.
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.
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