Bengaluru, Mar 12: We have heard of adulterated oils and vegetables, but it's news from Kerala that rice made of plastic is being sold in many parts of the state.
The 'rice' is supposedly made in China by mixing potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic. The potatoes are first formed into the shape of rice grains. Industrial synthetic resins are then added to the mix.
It is also found to be having high amount of Chinese polymer.
The rice reportedly stays hard even after being cooked and rice soup from it is hard compared to other rice soup, and forms a plastic sheath. The sheath burns like plastics when it is burned, people say.
Presently, such rice have been found in markets of Kozhikode district.
Consumers say that such rice is also found in many prominent brands. Many reported to have caused gastritis and other stomach related diseases after its consumption.
Consumers say that these kind of rice is undetectable because its comes mixed with normal rice packs.
Experts of the field are of the opinion that there are no system in place to check the import of such rice. There were also reports of such rice being sold online from Singapore and China in 2011.