Nigerians have been advised to be vigilant of the activities of smugglers as all kinds of fake plastic rice are being smuggled into the country.
This fake rice mostly made in china may cause so many health diseases. It’s very difficult to find out raw rice but it’s little bit easy to find in boiled rice. Basically plastic is made with so many chemicals such as like synthetic or semi-synthetic organics. These chemicals are very harmful to humans.
As rice grain have large variance in colour and texture after cooking we can not differentiate between actual and plastic rice that easily,but there is a way to identify the fake rice.
Get a glass of cold water, pour a tablespoon of raw rice in the glass and stir. If the rice goes to the bottom, it is all good. If it floats at the top, it means it contains ‘plastic rice’.
When molding a few grains of rice with a mortar and pestle, if the powder gives a quite white colour, it’s fit for consumption but if it has a yellow discoloration, it is fake.
Observe the rice while boiling. If it starts forming a thick layer at the top of the pot, it is plastic rice.
HOT OIL TEST
Take some of the rice drop into some real hot oil, it will melt or stick together or stick at the bottom of the pan if it is fake.
Get a lighter and burn a handful of rice – If it catches fire and smells like burnt plastic, it is fake.
Boil the rice and leave it in a warm place for like 2-3 days. If mold does not appear in a few days, the rice is fake. It will not mold because plastic is not affected by weather or temperature.