It has been reported that imported rice in Nigeria may contain a mixture of unhealthy rice grains popularly called plastic rice.
Rice is a Nigerian staple. With the economic recession, the price of the staple food had tripled.
Worse still there seems to be unofficial news that the rice supplies in Nigeria could contain “plastic rice”. Plastic rice are said to be formed from potatoes and molded into rice shapes with chemicals.
A viral report sometime ago revealed that Nigeria’s minimum wage of N18, ooo could no longer buy a bag of rice which has sky-rocketted to N25,000 a bag.
Many efforts have gone into the production of the staple food in order to make it affordable for Nigerians. Africa’s richest man who is also the biggest rice investor in Africa made his own contributions to that respect.
It would be recalled that the business mogul had frowned at the importation of genetically modified rice because of its bad health effects.
GMO rice grains are genetically engineered, in other words they have their original DNA altered.
“China famous for having all, making all, has now been reported to have made rice out of plastic and has distributed it.”- Korea Times.
Call it business propaganda but it is worth it to be cautious of what we ingest.
Here are the 6 ways that can help you know when you are eating the real thing and when you are not:
1. Fire Test:
As the name implies, the fake rice is ‘plastic’. Burn a few grains and if they are inflammable and smells like plastic, that’s a proof your rice is not the natural one.
Add water to a glass containing some grains and stir, if they all settle underneath the water, the rice is real; but if it floats, it is plastic.
3. Granulation Test:
Granulated rice grains should give you a somewhat white color. Yellow discoloration indicates otherwise.
4. Oil Test:
Drop rice grains into heated oil; If they are fake, they will melt in the oil, stick together or get glued to the bottom of the pan.
5. Mold Test:
Boil the rice and leave for 2-3 days. With the weather reaction, there should be molds forming on the cooked rice. If after days (without preservation) the rice has no mold, it is plastic rice.
6. Boiling Test:
Plastic rice forms a thick layer while boiling them, real rice does not.