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Is China Manufacturing Plastic Rice?

Is China Manufacturing Plastic Rice?

From toxic toys to tainted milk, there are many reasons for people to be wary of the “Made in China” label.

But if a new story emerging from media outlets in Singapore and Hong Kong is accurate, it proves that things can always get worse.

The website Very Vietnam (and several others) recently reported that a type of “rice” made from a combination of potatoes and plastic resin is being distributed in the Chinese town of Taiyuan, in Shaanxi province.

From the article:

“It is formed by mixing the potatoes and sweet potatoes into the shape of rice grains, then adding industrial synthetic resins. Since the rice does not behave like normal rice, it stays hard even after it has been cooked. Such synthetic resins can also be very harmful if consumed.

A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag. Due to the seriousness of the matter, he added that there would be an investigation of factories alleged to be producing the rice. Meanwhile, the low cost of the fake rice is allowing wholesalers to make large profits.”

The International Rice Research Institute reports that residents of Hong Kong alone consume 7 million bowls of rice every day.

While undoubtedly cheaper than growing, harvesting, and distributing actual rice, it doesn’t take a health expert to see that it’s probably not safe to be ingesting the equivalent of a plastic bag (or two) every day.

If it’s true, this is yet another example of the risks associated with an industrial food system that cares more about quantity than quality, and profit more than people.

Author’s Note: The original story, referenced by Very Vietnam and several other Asian news sites, was published by Weekly Hong Kong. I can’t read Chinese, so it’s hard to judge the credibility of the original report. If any readers are willing/able to translate/evaluate this page, and let me know whether you think it’s a hoax or not, I would be interested to learn more.

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Image Credit: Flickr - International Rice Research Institute

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8:25AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

What is China doing to its own people , environment, and animals? If they do not respect their own why should we expect them to do any different.

Then look at what we are doing:Read Pukka's Promise, go to Truth about pet food.com (WE ARE USING EUTHANIZED CATS AND DOGS IN REGULAR ANIMAL FOOD). Think all major and discount brands people.

We all must demand better here and in China. This is just immoral, inhumane, unGodly and subhuman. Do not buy ANYTHING marked "made in China" no matter how much you think you need it. There are alternatives.

3:44PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I heard about this plastic rice last year, and friends thought I was nuts now I have proof. I swear those "CHINKS: are trying to kill us off so they can have the USA to call their own. I mean they already do own us since we owe them so much $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Just stop buying everything made there and if you want it and can not find it made else where then I guess you don't need it. Lets put their sweat shops out of business

3:44PM PST on Mar 1, 2013

I heard about this plastic rice last year, and friends thought I was nuts now I have proof. I swear those "CHINKS: are trying to kill us off so they can have the USA to call their own. I mean they already do own us since we owe them so much $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Just stop buying everything made there and if you want it and can not find it made else where then I guess you don't need it. Lets put their sweat shops out of business

5:43AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

consumer protection?

12:17AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Very informative, thank you!

9:49PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Is there no end to the ridiculous things China does? Whether it's food or animal welfare or civil rights, they seem to have no sense of right or wrong.

3:12PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

thanks for sharing.

3:09PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

Gross.

2:42PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

weird

2:26PM PDT on Jun 26, 2011

well that is not good. not good at all. When will money not rule the world? We should leave it to the guinea pigs.

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