The Food Safety Department took 19 samples of rice in Coimbatore to check for “plastic rice“, and also issued a public advisory on how to detect it.
The officers inspected about 200 shops across the district and took samples of rice sold loose and also in packets and sacks. The district food safety officer, Dr Vijay added “We have not so far found any dangerous adulterant. The only non-rice particle found was stones, which is common.”
The official said they have checked for the presence of plastic, synthetic and semi-synthetic adulterants in the rice and also said that
“If the rice floats on the surface when put in water, it can be plastic. And if boiled rice does not develop fungus even after three-four days, it means it could be plastic or other synthetic material,” said the advisory.