In the United States, bare knuckled unregulated capitalism is a distant memory. Although flaws exist, workers do have rights, and consumers do have recourse. Oddly enough, the most unregulated country for consumer rights and safety may well be China. Very Vietnam reports that China has been caught selling plastic rice. Singapore news outlets report that plastic rice is being distributed in the Chinese town of Taiyuan. The rice is reportedly made from a mix of potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic. The shiny little grains look like real rice and remain hard after being cooked. A diet including three bowls of plastic enriched rice provides the health conscious dieter with the equivalent of a plastic bag a day. Health experts cite this adulteration as a serious health hazard
This is not the first time the plastic rice has come up in news reports. Tuoit News from Vietnam reported similar allegations of possible plastic rice being found in Vietnam. Tuuoit news described the “rice” as follows.
“The cooked rice grains could not be crushed … and after I held them tightly in my hands, they rebounded elastically as if made of rubber.”
The cooked rice was not sweet-smelling as boasted by the vendor. However, one day after it was cooked and put in normal temperature condition, it still did not get stale or change its color.
After examining the rice, Mr. Dao Quang Hung, an official from Horticulture Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, commented, “This rice looks very strange. I have never seen it before. However, we need to perform some physical and chemical analyses on the rice before concluding whether it is counterfeit rice or not.”
China is no stranger to tainted food. Toxic baby formula, tainted chicken being sold knowingly and fake eggs as well as reports of dangerous chemicals in food have blighted the Chinese food industry for years. If all this makes you nervous, China’s neighbour has just the tonic for you. Snake wine is made from cobras that are pickled in rice wine. Scorpion wine is also available. So enjoy your meal and be glad for food safety regulations