Have you heard the latest news? Fake rice is being produced on a massive scale and is finding its way on to supermarket shelves. It’s really hard to believe that rice, one of the cheapest foods in the world is being imitated, but it is happening on a large scale in Asia, and China in particular.
Here’s what you need to know – this “type” of rice was first found in China. After that, it was reported in many countries around the world (Vietnam, India and more recently in countries in Europe). NOTE: it has not been identified in the USA. Well, not yet. You should be very careful, because the real problem with the fake rice is that it is almost undetectable from normal rice, and is being mixed up in normal everyday branded rice.
The experts warn that the fake rice has been known to cause stomach complaints and it is thought to be able to cause serious digestive problems, as it is made from dangerous unregulated ingredients such as synthetics, chemicals and even potato off-cuts. Worries about the impostor rice are rife in poor areas where rice is a staple of people’s diet, and can’t be avoided.
- The Water Test
It’s very simple – just pour a tablespoon of uncooked rice into a glass with cold water. If the rice all sinks to the bottom of the glass, it’s fine. If the grains float up to the surface, be careful!
- The Fire Test
Here’s what you need to do – set a little bit of your rice on fire with a match or lighter. If it starts burning right away and smells like burning plastic, then you should throw it away – immediately!
- The Pestle Test
Just crush a few grains of rice with a mortar. They should be reduced to a fine, white, starchy powder. In artificial rice, you’ll see a light yellow discoloration instead.
- The Mold Test
And last, the mold test. Just put a small amount of cooked rice into an airtight container and leave it in a warm place. After 3 days, it should be moldy. Fake rice stays mold-free.