China produces plastic rice in enormous amounts. This type of rice is capable of causing severe health issues. The Wuchang rice that comes from China is one of the most popular thanks to its fragrant smell and distinct taste – and is twice as expensive as the ordinary rice.
In times when the demand for this rice is increased significantly, the companies are seeking ways to exploit the opportunity and produce fake rice which would be sold for the same price.
China produces this kind of plastic rice for at least four years. This rice includes potatoes, sweet potatoes and some toxic plastic for good measure. From the outside, it is just like the regular rice, but the plastic included in it remains hard after cooking process and is very dangerous or our health.
Fake “Wuchang rice”
An undercover journalist discovered that the Chinese companies are mixing a small amount of real Wuchang rice with plastic rice in the production process. Then this combination is sprayed with a fragrance to replicate the original aroma and package in the same way.
It is believed that while 800.000 tons of Wuchang rice is made every year, an incredible 10 million tons of “Wuchang” is sold yearly, which proves that more than 9 million tons of “Wuchang rice” that is found on the market shelves every year is a fake one.
The Korea Times informs that distributors are saying that this unnatural rice is very profitable, especially in high amounts. Companies are selling this unnatural rice for more than 4 years and they are managing to stay hidden. But, when they started to export their product in other countries, including India, Singapore and Vietnam they exposed themselves.
The National Food Authority of the Republic of the Philippines investigates the case of plastic rice and is making a spectroscopy device for detecting the rice’s structure. They also issued a warning for the buyers.
Dangers of consuming plastic
It is believed that consuming three bowls of this rice is equally dangerous as eating an entire plastic bag, which could result with severe and even deadly digestive issues, particularly if eaten daily.
Actually, the Chinese people are eating more than a half pound of rice daily, and late health controversies have brought into light the question of whether or not it is safe to use plastic packaging in the food industry.
According to a research, severe health conditions are related with bisphenol A and a class of chemicals known as phthalates, usually included in plastics. Bisphenol A is able to disturb the functions of your hormones, especially estrogen. It has been related with impacts on reproductive development in few animal studies.
Phthalates are a “plasticizers” that are included in many products, even though they are banned in the EU since 2005. Phthalates disturb the hormones, especially the testosterone.
Almost everyone today has some levels of both phthalates and bisphenol A in our organisms because the food we eat today is contaminated because everything we buy is stored in plastic packages and containers. Anyway, this plastic rice from China will surely increase the amount of these harmful substances in our organisms.
There aren’t any reports of plastic rice in the U.S., but knowing the fact that this product has been exported and eaten in other countries it is only a matter of time when this dangerous product will appear in United States.
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