Ministry finds no plastic or artificial substance in rice

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  • Thursday, 29 Jun 2017

Rahim (right) and his officers taking samples at the rice distribution facility in Ipoh.

THE Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry’s Perak Paddy Inspection Control Office has cleared the name of a rice brand, which was alleged to be selling plastic rice in a video that has gone viral on social media.

The inspection control office found no artificial substance in the rice samples in the preliminary tests carried out.

Its director Mohd Abdul Rahim Rashid said the examination and investigation were carried out on the brand’s distribution facility after the viral video was brought to their attention.

However, he advised the public to report to the authorities if they came across plastic rice, instead of posting about it on social media.

Rahim said viral videos would not help in their investigations as they could hardly get evidence from these videos.

Speaking to reporters after inspecting the distribution facility in Jalan Kuala Kangsar, he said the authorities could only investigate based on reports or complaints.

Rahim showing the iodine test results: on the left is rice while the other is plastic.
Rahim showing the iodine test results: on the left is rice while the other is plastic.

A series of tests, including burning and cooking, were carried out by Rahim and his deputy Irwan Rejab on rice samples to determine starch content.

Some rice samples were also sent to the Chemistry Department for further analysis.

Rahim added that the team did not find machinery used to produce fake rice in the premises.

“They only have machines to package and clean the rice. The premises is clear and we would like to tell people that the rice from this company is safe to consume.”

Before the inspection in Perak, checks were also carried out on the brand’s rice mill in Mergong, Alor Setar and no artificial substance was found in their products either.

Earlier, Johor Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) said there was no fake rice in Johor as an analysis on a Thai fragrant rice brand available in hypermarkets here found no foreign element as alleged.

The public can make complaints or inquiries to KPDNKK via their hotline 1-800-886-800, email or head to any of their offices nationwide.

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