Sunday, June 4, 2017

How to test if your rice is contains plastic!

Sunday| June 4, 2017

Is rice included on your regular diet? Have you ever heard of reports saying that rice exported by China contains plastic? Quite recently, it has been speculated that rice manufacturers from China are using plastics such as melamine as a filler or additive. It is said that China rice is a mixture of shredded plastic and potato starch. It is then molded like grains and are smoked with rice aroma.

If you are like most of us, who procures rice from supermarket, and does not have the means to get freshly milled rice from a farm, you wouldn't be sure of the contents of your rice. Lucky for you, we have some methods for you follow to make sure that your rice is the real thing or it is contaminated with plastic.
Here are the things you can do to test your rice:

Water Test

Get a teaspoon of uncooked rice and pour it in a bowl of cold water. If all the uncooked rice sinks to the bottom of the bowl, it is fine. If the uncooked grains float to the surface, it's probably plastic and you can try some more on your lot just to make sure. If most of the grains really float, then discard your rice as it is most probably plastic and is hazardous to your health.

Fire Test 

Try setting some uncooked rice grains on fire, make sure you have safety precautions doing this. If the grains start to burn readily and smells like plastic, they probably are. Again, discard the lot or submit to local authorities for further testing and maybe you have helped a lot more consumers.

Mortar And Pestle Test

Natural grains of rice, when crushed in a mortar and pestle, are fine powdery white. Artificial or plastic rice will have a tint of yellow discoloration. Again, do not consume, you can discard or send sample to local authorities and they should do what to do.

Mold Test

Cook a small portion of your rice. Put some in a container, after a day or two, there should be molds forming on the rice. The molds forming on the rice is the natural process of spoiled cooked rice, if in case it does not form any mold, your rice is plastic and make sure not to consume your rice lot.

We hope that this article has given you enough information to make sure that you consume natural rice and avoid accidentally eating artificial or plastic rice.

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