China has a long history of making food that are not real. Recently a viral video came online reporting how the fake rice is made using recycle plastic bags and the rice comes out into small bullet like plastic pellets.
Fake food is a common problem. Authorities from around the world has been tracking down black market vendors to stop distribution. Even earlier this year 2500 tons of fake food was seized in europe. Food items include wine,beer,vodka and even rotten fish which a special kind of acid is placed on the fish to make the rotten fish look like it’s fresh.
You can watch the video of the fake rice here.
You can determine if your rice is fake by carrying out any of the simple tests below:-
1. The mortar and pestle test
When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, if the powder gives a quite white colour, you are good to go but it has a yellow discoloration, your rice must be fake.
2. The fire test
You know what plastic smells like right. So, get a lighter and burn a handful of rice. If it catches fire and smells like burnt plastic, you have fake rice.
3. The water test
Get a glass of cold water. Pour a tablespoon of raw rice in the glass and stir. If the rice goes to the bottom, it is all good. If it floats at the top, be careful because it means it contains ‘plastic rice’. Do not eat.
4. The mold test
Boil the rice. Leave it in a warm place for like 2-3 days. If mold does not appear in a few days, your rice is fake and should not be consumed. It will not get mold because plastic is not affected by the weather or temperature.
5. The boiling test
Observe the rice while boiling. If it starts forming a thick layer at the top of the pot, it is ‘plastic rice’.
6. The hot oil test
Just take some of the rice drop into some real hot oil. If it is plastic, it will melt or stick together or stick at the bottom of the pan.
Share these tips with your friends and family so they do not end up eating ‘plastic rice’. These tests are very simple. Do not eat plastic rice, be careful.