Fear of plastic rice grips Telugu states

Fear of plastic rice grips Telugu states
Everyone in the Telugu States is trying to find out whether the rice they are eating is real or fake by rolling the rice into a ball and banging it on the floor as they were told that plastic rice will bounce back like a ball once it’s cooked. 

A fear psychosis has gripped in towns and cities including Hyderabad that the rice available in shops is no more real.  Fuelled by social media postings that eating such synthetic rice will cause serious stomach disorders, the legal metrology department has stepped in to seize the so-called plastic rice made in China and Vietnam from different locations.

The first ever case was reported from Saroornagar where a hotel has reportedly served Biryani made out of plastic rice to a journalist.  However, the hotel owners bashed him when he tried to make a complaint that his biryani looked and smelled like plastic. The hotel owners were arrested and the biryani sample has been seized by the police. “I took some rice, made it like a ball and hit it, it bounced back,” the journo said.

In Mirpet here a customer Mr Ashok purchased a 25 kg bag of rice from a local vendor who offered the Rs 1100 bag of rice at Rs 900. “However after eating the rice, I had nausea. I slept for hours like I was drugged. After hearing about plastic rice on TV news I also tried banging the rice on the floor and it bounced back,” Ashok who recorded the bouncing rice on his mobile told reporters and police.  Several PG hostels in Amirpet and Hitech city also complained that their food was laced with plastic rice and even plastic eggs.

Meanwhile, in Oguru village of Kandukuru in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, one Polipudi Madhava Rao purchased 25 kg branded rice bag at Rs 900 as a special offer from More store at Kandukuru. He complained plastic smell emanating from the rice and also found the bouncy qualities that many others were complaining. The local Tahasildar seized 25 Gajanan brand rice bags from the stores and sent samples for testing.

Even as the test results were awaited the state Janavignana Vedika, a social awareness organization has trashed the news as fear psychosis. “There is nothing like plastic rice as it would cost more to produce it than growing rice. Any rice after cooking will bounce back,” JVV general secretary T Ramesh said. He suggested that plastic rice can be identified by simply dropping a tablespoon of raw rice inside a glass of water; if the rice floats at the top then it is considered as plastic rice.

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