Institutions and agencies of the European Union are keeping a watchful eye on fake rice produced in China. European countries.
Europe’s main ports are vigilant in dealing with cargos and rice shipments from China to inhibit the smuggling of this fake toxic, and hazardous product.
However, counterfeiters in China have increased their efforts to smuggle plastic rice into EU regardless of custom control measures. In December 2016, according to BBC reports, Nigeria seized over a big haul of plastic rice smuggled into the country.
AgroWeb.org reports reveal that during 2016, Greece also was alarmed following suspicions over fake rice trafficking as a result of the favorable location of their ports as an entry point for Chinese merchandise into Europe.
Many merchants and counterfeiters in China have faced the consequences of food controls and anger among public opinion, and were forced to admit that some bags of rice in reality carry everything but rice.
For the first time ever, Chinese companies have admitted that their fake rice shipments do not carry edible rice, and that the grain is made from plastic and is mostly used for decorative purposes or store display, similar to plastic fruits that Albanians used to buy and decorate their homes before the 90s.
Chinese manufactures have justified themselves, saying they cannot be held accountable for a mix-up of decorative fake rice with the edible rice destined for consumption. They claim-as reported by several reliable media sources- the mix-up of fake rice with the real one is done in the warehouses of contracted companies to increase the weight of rice bags and boost their illicit profits.
China produces nearly all artificial rice in the world. It is only intended to be used in store displays for a long time period.
Following AgroWeb.org’s ongoing public announcements, last year, Albania’s Food Control Authority claims to have launched several controls in food warehouses in the country to verify the presence of artificial rice from China
FCA claims that Albania is clear of such merchandise, however Albania’s proximity to Greece, increases risks for the entry of artificial rice and distribution in domestic and regional markets.
AgroWeb.org contacted FCA demanding more information in regards to artificial rice and was officially told that Albania does not import rice directly from China. However, the fact that our country imports rice from Bulgaria, Romania, Greece and Macedonia does not mean that we can calm down, particularly because neither of these countries is a rice producer rather than transit countries of Chinese products.
In an attempt to raise awareness and keep Albanian consumers safe, AgroWeb.org wants to bring to your attention measures necessary to prohibit poisoning from fake Chinese rice./AgroWeb.org