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It is not plastic rice: Civil Supplies Dept

Hyderabad: Commissioner of Civil Supplies C.V. Anand said not to believe in the rumors on Plastic Rice.

Tests were conducted on the samples collected from the complainant in the Civil Supplies Corporation laboratory where the it was clarified that it is not Plastic Rice.

For further chemical tests rice samples have been sent to State Food Laboratory. But not to rule out the Civil Supplies Department, Enforcement Officials and Vigilance is put on alert.

The Commissioner said all the Civil Supplies Corporation Officials and employees are given guide lines through video on how does the plastic rice look, how to recognize it, is it been mixed anywhere.

Rice millers are also made cautious in this matter. Checks are conducted by Officials where there are doubts.

The Civil Supplies Corporation clarified the doubts on rumors of Plastic Rice which were prevailing during last few days in Greater Hyderabad. The report from Civil Supplies laboratory which conducted tests on the rice samples has made clear that it is not Plastic Rice.

For further tests to get full report on the complaints, rice samples have been sent to State Food Laboratory.

The tests in Civil Supplies laboratory were conducted in the presence of Quality Control Analyzer Osman Mohiuddin, General Manager Jayadev Singh, Assistant Manager, Technical G. Saidulu.

Civil Supplies Enforcement Department has collected samples from the mill on which complaint was lodged in Meerpet Police Station on Tuesday and from the complainant. Both the samples were sent to the lab for testing.

Physical Analysis and D-husk test was first conducted on the samples. Further the rice was soaked in water for some time. If the rice was made of plastic it would float. But no sign of floating was appeared during the tests. Further, the rice samples were cooked.

The cooked rice became like paste as it usually does during cooking the normal rice. It is common nature of rice to become like paste. The rice pastry was also slightly jumping like a rubber ball. Even the normal rice was also cooked to test the outcome and the same result has came i.e. rice looking like paste.

“Rice from the complainant and the normal both were cooked at one time, they both came to same result. Both the rice samples were cooked normal. The rice from the complainant and the rice mill from where the rice was supplied to the dealer both are not at all plastic rice. Both the sample rice cooked were tasted and reported normal” said Anand. (INN)

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