In 2008, around ninety percent of the infant formula sold in the US was contaminated with Melamine from China which is linked to kidney failure. Now Chinese wholesalers have come up with a new product — plastic rice.
The Weekly Hong Kong reports plastic rice is being distributed to the unsuspecting masses in China. The faux rice made by combining potatoes and sweet potatoes into the shape of rice grains, then adding industrial synthetic resins as a binding agent.
A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag, and added there would be an investigation to determine who is producing the rice.
Needless to say, these industrial resins are no doubt toxic when eaten, but that doesn’t stop unscrupulous businessmen from making huge profits by wholesaling this rice in China’s food market.
It’s only a matter of time before this plastic rice makes its way into the global market and the U.S., because much of the food the U.S. imports from Asia is not properly inspected.
Michael Doyle, a microbiologist with the University of Georgia, said food producers in China regularly use untreated human and animal waste for feeding farmed fish meant for eating and for fertilizing land to grow produce. Feces is the primary nutrient for growing the tilapia in China, he said.
Most of the cases of contamination involving imported food in the U.S. are related to exposure to fecal matter. Legislation passed in the U.S. late last year was suppose to ensure companies establish appropriate oversight to inspect Chinese imports, but the FDA has done nothing to effectively implement the new law.
To make matters worse, Americans are at risk even from food locally manufactured and grown. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warned recently that the safety of the nation’s food supply is endangered by the very agency assigned to monitor food safety on behalf of the public — the FDA.
In its report, HHS charged the FDA with not only failing to conduct comprehensive reviews of companies’ food recalls, but also of not supervising how companies disposed of their recalled products.