I raised an eyebrow when I heard rumors of China mixing plastic into Hershey's chocolate after they fulfilled some of Hershey's sectors in 2007. Now? Not as much doubt. The rice, an amalgam of potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic is truly sold and ingested in parts of China. By now you are probably disgusted with a lot of Chinese practices; slave labor, government abuse, weak product quality, and that they are our biggest importer just to name a few. If those don't concern you, does it move you to picture a poor Chinese family sitting down to eat a dinner that's equivalent to eating a plastic bag? If we don't look deep and take a stand about not supporting a country with such contempt for its people, then we are no different; we may be responsible for lining corrupt coffers and coffins.
China's history with food safety is a rocky one, but even in the annals of robbery and abuse, this will go down in infamy.
Various reports in Singapore media have said that Chinese companies are mass producing fake rice made, in part, out of plastic, according to one online publication Very Vietnam.
The “rice” is made by mixing potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic. The potatoes are first formed into the shape of rice grains. Industrial synthetic resins are then added to the mix. The rice reportedly stays hard even after being cooked.
The Korean-language Weekly Hong Kong reported that the fake rice is being sold in the Chinese town of Taiyuan, in Shaanxi province.
“A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag. Due to the seriousness of the matter, he added that there would be an investigation of factories alleged to be producing the rice,” Very Vietnam noted.
Unfortunately, it's not the first time fake rice has been sold in China, according to China's Global Times.
Previously, a company in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province had added flavoring to ordinary rice to synthesize “Wuchang rice,” which is regarded to be the best rice in the country.
About 300,000 people were injured and at least six infants died in 2008 when Chinese milk and infant formula was found to be adulterated with melamine, which was thought to help the milk pass nutrition tests.
Later that year, melamine was also discovered in Chinese eggs.
By David Edwards