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Children playing cricket with ball made of 'rice', no we are not kidding

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:01 IST

Alleged incidents of the sale of plastic rice and plastic eggs have also been reported in Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district.

Children playing cricket with ball made of 'rice', no we are not kidding
Children were seen playing with ball made up of plastic rice in Haldwani

Several incidents of retailers openly selling plastic rice in markets have been reported in the recent past.

The latest incident is of Haldwani district in Uttarakhand. It came to light when a family bought rice from a confectionery and found a variation in the taste.

Children of the family were later seen playing cricket with a ball made up of that rice. Soon a video went viral on the internet.

However, this is not the isolated case of plastic rice being sold in the market.

Earlier, alleged incidents of the sale of plastic rice and plastic eggs were reported in Hyderabad and Andhra Pradesh's Kurnool district.

Two incidents of 'plastic rice' surfaced in Yousufguda and Meerpet areas in Hyderabad on Tuesday. Inmates of a private hostel in Yousufguda complained that the cooked rice provided to them Monday night was plastic rice as it tasted differently.

The students said the rice was very sticky and they made balls and played cricket with them. Claiming that the eggs bought by the hostel owner were also of plastic, the students lodged a complaint with Yousufguda police station.

Authorities collected the samples and launched investigations.

In another incident in Meerpet on the city outskirts, a citizen complained that the rice he purchased from a local merchant was plastic rice. He too lodged a complaint with the police.

The incidents came two days after a TV journalist in Saroornagar area was attacked by a hotel owner and his aides after he complained about plastic rice in 'biryani'.

An alleged incident of plastic rice sale in the temple town of Srisailam in Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh also created flutter on Monday. Some people complained that a merchant sold them plastic rice. Police said they were investigating.

Experts say that it's easy to detect plastic rice. If rice is poured in a water container and falls to the bottom, it is organic rice, else it is plastic rice.

Also if cooked rice is kept for a longer period, fungus get deposited if the rice is organic. According to doctors, if plastic is consumed on sustained basis, it leads to hormonal imbalance, digestion, absorption problems, birth defects and even cancer.

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