Consuming Plastic Rice

Rice made from plastic has sometimes been reported in the media, manufactured in Vietnam & China and sold in very few countries. Snopes – a website that investigates urban-legends – has determined such reports are either hoaxes or unproven, pointing out that plastic rice grains would easily be detected after cooking, and likely more expensive to produce than real rice.

In December 2016, it was reported that 2.5 tonnes of plastic rice from China had been seized in Nigeria. However, after a few weeks, a spokesperson of the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health stated that, after preliminary tests performed by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, that the material contained all the characteristics of real rice and there was no evidence that plastic rice was circulating in the country. It was later announced by Yetunde Oni, The Acting Director General of NAFDAC, that the rice was contaminated with bacteria.

Dangers of consuming Plastic Rice

Eating just three bowls of this fake rice is thought to be the same as consuming an entire plastic bag, causing serious and even fatal digestive issues, especially if consumed daily as is often the case.In fact, most people in China consume over half a pound of rice every single day, and recent health controversies have brought into light the question of whether or not it is safe to use plastic packaging in the food industry let alone eat plastic rice! However, if consumed, the plastic rice in China will likely cause a massive increase in the levels of these dangerous chemicals.



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