These past two weeks, the nation was terrified of a new threat. This threat is not from the terrosrists but it is in the form of our staple food – rice. We thought that only one region would get affected but recently an official from the National Food Authority (NFA) – Region 10 warns consumer to be cautious of the rice they purchase because it might have had reached the markets of the city.
According to reports, the regional NFA office has received intel that fake rice are being sold in the municipalities of Villanueva, Lugait, and Naawan, fortunately, the intel turned out to be a false lead.
Last week, the NFA met with local rice retailers as an effort to prevent the increase of fake rice in the region. They have also fielded teams assigned to inspect warehouses in region 10. Vendors caught selling fake rice will be fined, imprisoned and have their license revoked. Though, there was no mention that they have had inspected two of the busiest markets in the city – Cogon and Carmen.
Though, rice retailers claimed that consumers are careful when they purchase rice and asks if where the rice came from.
How to Know if you have Bought a Fake Rice?
Recently, the FDC has been campaigning with the use of television by showing the differences between real and fake rice. Real cooked rice is sticky when pinched while the fake rice crumbles like chalk. They can also be distinguished by the appearance of the grains by looking extra shiny and are uniform in size. The fake rice appears whiter than the normal rice.
According to the Department of Health (DOH), Dibutyl phthalate, a non-food grade substance, the chemical found in the fake rice, although are not overly poisonous can cause severe harm if ingested daily in at least three months.
Before they reach our homes and in our plates we need to take extra measures when we purchase rice. Remember, prevention is better than cure. Be safe, Kagay-anons.