Once again American’s discover that China is selling us fake food.
Now that trade is on a global level the majority of things being stocked in stores didn’t come from America. As we all know buying products made in China is significantly cheaper than buying products produced here in America. How is that possible when Chinese products have to be shipped clear across the world?
Well in the case of rice this is because it isn’t actually rice, at least not all of it. Turns out that China is mixing the plastic rice in with real rice in order to increase their profit margin. Apparently, the fact that consuming plastic could be fatal especially when it comes to small children doesn’t concern the Chinese government at all.
One area receiving a huge amount of press over the last few years is the rise of “fake” food being produced and exported by China. There has been a groundswell of scrutiny paid to Chinese produced food sent to the US, since baby formulas, canned foods, and pet foods were found to contain ingredients banned by the USDA and FDA a few years ago. But has it gotten any better? Let us consider rice:
Some sources are reporting that Chinese produced rice may contain harmful fillers and additives including plastics like melamine. It has been posited that some Chinese rice may be nothing more than potato starch and shredded plastic, flavored with rice steam. In fact, some even claim that a handful of the tainted fake rice may contain as much plastic as a ziplock sandwich bag.
If you have access to a mortar and pestle, you can grind up a few dried grains into a fine powder. If it is all natural, it will be snow white. The presence of yellowish color may indicate plastic content.
You can also subject a grain to a fire test. Apparently, natural rice does not burn, but fake rice containing plastic compounds will burn very easily.