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ALERT! Chinese Rice Sold in the US is Made of Plastic! Here’s How to Identify the Fake one!

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One area receiving a huge amount of press over the last few years is the rise of “fake” food being produced and exported by China.

There has been a groundswell of scrutiny paid to Chinese produced food sent to the US, since baby formulas, canned foods, and pet foods were found to contain ingredients banned by the USDA and FDA a few years ago.

Some sources are reporting that Chinese produced rice may contain harmful fillers and additives including plastics like melamine.

It has been posited that some Chinese rice may be nothing more than potato starch and shredded plastic, flavored with rice steam. In fact, some even claim that a handful of the tainted fake rice may contain as much plastic as a ziplock sandwich bag.

One sure way to protect your family is to only buy domestically produced rice. Did you know that the state of Arkansas is the largest producer of rice in the United States. Arkansas provides 45% of all the rice we eat.

If you just have to buy rice produced in China, which we hope you don’t, there are some simple tests you can run on samples to ensure that you are getting the real deal.

If you have access to a mortar and pestle, you can grind up a few dried grains into a fine powder. If it is all natural, it will be snow white. The presence of yellowish color may indicate plastic content.

You can also subject a grain to a fire test. Apparently, natural rice does not burn, but fake rice containing plastic compounds will burn very easily indeed.

One test that seems a little strange is the water test. You might remember it from your American history class, when you got to the chapter on the Salem Witch Trials. If you drop a grain of dried rice into a glass of water and it sinks, it is safe to consume, whereas if it floats, it may contain plastics and should be avoided.

H/T: AWM

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