Most Asians have their meals with rice, which is why the news about fake rice is alarming. That’s why this news is very much unsettling.
Fake rice was discovered to have been laced with resin, which is a poisonous substance. Resin is a sticky organic substance from some plants and trees, including pine and fir. It can easily be caught in flames and is water insoluble.
The bogus rice was reported to have made its way all the way from the country of China to other nearby countries that have huge rural inhabitants. These countries include Indonesia, Vietnam, and India. Unfortunately, the fake rice is lethal as it is made from either potatoes or sweet potatoes. It then takes the shape of real rice and it achieves so because of the synthetic resin. The substance is allegedly common in Chinese markets, most especially in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province in which the rice is believed to have originated from.
According to Malaysian authorities, if people buy the fake rice, it would be difficult to detect whether or not it is bogus, particularly if mixed with real rice. When consumed, however, it can cause people to get sick or worse, it may have some lethal repercussions. It may not be easy to import the fake rice with resin, but it could also be smuggled and sold in small stores.