Rice has been part of every Asian meal. In East and Southeast Asia, rice is included in their daily consumption and is usually cooked plain. A variety of rice has also been known in Eurasian continent like Western Asia and Europe which is mostly cooked with flavoring. Indeed, rice has been a staple food for several countries around the world.
Meanwhile, the issue spreading online about the ‘fake rice’ from China is quite alarming. Rumor has it that this plastic-tainted rice is now said to be exported to other Asian countries like India, Indonesia, Vietnam and recently, Singapore. Although it is not yet proven true, further investigations are being done to ensure the consumers’ safety.
Fake Rice from China is now said to be exported to other countries across Asia.
‘As part of AVA’s routine surveillance, imported rice is regularly inspected and sampled to ensure compliance with our food safety standards and requirements,’ a spokesman from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) told The Straits Times after rumors surfaced that the fake rice had entered Singapore.
The bogus rice is difficult to detect especially if mixed with real rice.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Hasan Malek said he too had heard about the fake rice and warned that his ministry did not take such things lightly.
It is believed to contain synthetic resin which is lethal.
It is believed that the fake rice contains synthetic resin which can be deadly. Resin is a sticky organic substance from some plants and trees which includes pine and fir. This particular substance is reportedly common in Chinese markets especially in Taiyuan Province where the said fake rice has originated from.
Malaysian authorities said that it is quite hard to tell the difference between a fake and natural rice when mixed. Once consumed though, it can cause people to get sick or even more serious repercussions may occur. According to Oryza.com,
‘The fake rice grains remain hard after being boiled, and the soup made by it forms a very unappetizing plastic sheath ‘that burns like plastic’ when heated up.’
True or not, it pays to not to turn a blind eye about such issue. What do you think? Comment and share your thoughts.
China Cancels Dog Meat Festival!
An online campaign against the inhumane practice forced local Chinese officials to cancel the festival.
Dog's get happy, sad, mad, and frightened; some tremble in fear when they know they're in danger. Then I imagined what it must have been like during the "Jinhua Hutou Dog Meat Festival" or Yulin Festival (a 600-year old tradition practiced in China every October) and it's almost as if I can hear thousands of helpless dogs howl and cry in pain and fear as merchants slaughtered them in the market.
Warning: This article contains graphic images.
Back in the old days, the locals used to bring cooked dog meat and sell them in the market during the annual temple fair. But rumors spread that the merchants poison the dogs....
Restaurant Manager Denied Service to a War Vet and His K9 Just Before Memorial Day!
The Houlihan’s manager had forgotten what a Memorial Day is for.
It's difficult to understand the challenges a soldier has to face every day after being exposed to the dangers and the horrors of war. Not unless you've actually been there and have experienced what they've experienced first hand. Because despite their rigorous training, I don't think anyone is really ever prepared to die or to take another man's life.
To wake up every morning not knowing if it'll be your last or if you'll still be able to come home alive and in one piece? Imagine living your life like that every day.
Soldiers have to fight their inner fears and loneliness to protect our nation. They selflessly do that so we can all sleep soundly at night knowing that there are no hostiles trying to take away our rights and our freedom. For all the sacrifices these soldiers have done for us, the least we can do is to honor and support them, particularly those who have been physically, emotionally, and psychologically scarred by war....
Homeless Man Who Wanted To Be ‘Adventurous,’ Rescued By Firefighters From A Tiny Storm Drain!
He said he was stuck in the very tiny space for three days!
Stories of people and animals getting stuck in a small place or two always get to our hearts. For whatever reason, no law-abiding citizen deserves to be stranded and be rejected of their freedom. But in the case of the story we found, we are not sure if the entrapment incident of a man was self-induced or not. Although this story happened for quite some time now, we think it is still worth sharing as the circumstances under which it happened are quite interesting.
A man, whose name was not identified, was found stuck in a storm drain outside the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, TN. After someone heard his yells, firefighters came to the rescue and kept on drilling and sledging for almost an hour to free the man. The mission was so delicate since the man was stuck face down in a very tiny space. The rescue operation was successful but the investigation as to why the man was stuck there in the first place has not found a concrete direction.
When the man, who the police believe is homeless, was asked why and how he got there, he initially said that he wanted to be adventurous but then he changed his statement and instead testified that he was being chased. The man also claimed that he has been in there for three days! Although skepticism is all around the angles of this story, we are still glad that the man was saved -- regardless of how and why he was stuck in the first place....