Love Rice has become aware of a number of videos and news items being circulated on social media sites which claim that ‘plastic rice’ is entering the food chain.
Please be assured that there is no evidence of any rice entering the UK being contaminated with plastic.
UK rice millers are committed to providing safe, high quality food; and undertake systematic controls and a rigorous set of testing when importing and milling rice. This includes, but is not limited to, testing at the point of: origin; purchase; import; delivery; during manufacturing; and before it goes out to consumers.
There is no evidence of any rice entering the UK being contaminated with plastic.
Some social media videos show ‘plastic rice’ being compressed into a hard, bouncy ball. When heated, the natural components of rice – carbohydrates (starch) and proteins (specific amino acids) can react in this way. It does not suggest the presence of plastics or other foreign material.