Source: News Bharati English08 Jun 2017 12:48:19

Dehradun, June 8: Amidst all the chaos between Mandsaur burning and farmers striking everywhere in the country, very shocking incident from Uttarakhand comes into light. Ever heard of plastic rice? Well, a local woman complained of plastic rice after the taste of the cooked food turned out to be absurdly weird. She said, “I felt that the taste of the cooked rice was different. That’s when my husband took to social media and saw information on plastic rice.”

Such cases of adulterated rice were also reported in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The family had bought the rice from a normal grocery store. When they observed a different taste of the rice, they made a ball of the cooked rice and had thrown it on the floor. However, the ball bounced back which gave clear indication of ‘plastic rice’.

 

The originThe term 'plastic rice' first surfaced in China in 2010. Dubbed the Wuchang rice scandal, Chinese officials unearthed a scam by companies who passed off ordinary rice as premium Wuchang rice by adding flavours to it. The Wuchang rice, known for its unique aroma, is exported to various nations. Chinese traders are believed to have made a huge profit through this scam. In 2011, a report by The Korea Times said: “Some distributors are selling fake rice in Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, and this rice is a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic.” Needless to say, the report mentioned in detail the hazards of eating synthetic resin. Thus the term 'plastic rice' came into existence.

 

Haldwani city magistrate K K Mishra told that there were rumours of adulterated eggs and sugar too. “We started collecting samples of rice, eggs and sugar from stores across the town yesterday [on Tuesday], to send them to the laboratory for tests,” Mishra said.

Food security officers in the town had collected samples of rice, sugar and eggs from at least 25 stores in the town and had sent them for laboratory tests. However, the results were awaited, Mishra said.