Plastic rice scam was unearthed in China. It resembles the rice that we eat daily. Looks and texture of plastic rice are so similar to the ordinary rice that it is difficult, in fact almost impossible, to differentiate rice grains when raw. Plastic rice has given rise to a number of diseases such as cancer, birth defects, impaired immunity etc. It also creates hormonal imbalance. Since it has come to India and is responsible for risking human lives, we need to know more about it.
Here are the ways we can identify plastic rice:
Cooking : When you cook plastic rice, a thick layer forms on the sides and top of the vessel. It also remains hard in some places.
Odour : Keep some damp rice in a plate outside for a few days. It will start fermenting if it is real, else if fake it will stay fresh.
Check if it floats : Put some rice grains in water. If they are fake they will float, else they will sink.
Temperature : Try heating some grains of rice. Plastic rice will give a smell of plastic when burnt.
The above information has been taken from an authentic source for the benefit of readers. Results may vary but still very close to the ones given here. Please do test the rice before you consume it. Do not ignore any signs that seem doubtful and share them with as many people as possible. Share the post to create awareness and to keep mankind safe.