As if people didn't have enough things to worry about, reports of fake rice being sold in Southeast Asia have been both dismissed as rumors/nonsense, and taken very seriously. Rice is truly the staff of life across that section of earth, and for someone to counterfeit it is, well, unforgivable!
The fake rice is made by combining potatoes and sweet potatoes with a synthetic resin, according to the International Business Times. It's reportedly long been circulating on the market in Taiyuan, Shaanxi and appears identical to natural rice.
Health experts warn that consuming the fake grains could seriously damage the digestive system.
Oryza.com says fake rice grains stay somewhat hard after boiling, and soup made by fake rice forms a very unappetizing plastic sheath 'that burns like plastic' when heated!
Fake “bihon” (thin rice noodles) are also turning up across Asia. The chemical contaminant found in samples of the fake rice is prohibited in cosmetics and toys and must not be present in foodstuff, according to Philippines' watchdog group EcoWaste Coalition.
Op-Ed: IS THERE such a thing as fake rice?
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