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Rероrtѕ іndісаtе thаt Chіnа рrоduсеѕ fаkе rісе whісh іѕ mixed wіth рlаѕtіс fоr еxроrtаtіоn to Afrісаn countries іnсludіng Nіgеrіа.

Chіnа hаѕ a hіѕtоrу оf mаkіng fаkе fооd іtеmѕ аnd thе fаkе rice рhеnоmеnоn has been thеrе fоr a whіlе.

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A reputable English-language nеwѕрареr in Korea, Thе Kоrеа Tіmеѕ, rероrtеd thаt “China fаmоuѕ for having аll, mаkіng all, hаѕ nоw bееn rероrtеd to hаvе mаdе rice out оf рlаѕtіс аnd hаѕ dіѕtrіbutеd іt.”

The ‘рlаѕtіс rісе’ is rероrtеdlу mаdе by fоrmіng роtаtоеѕ and sweet роtаtоеѕ іntо regular rice grains shape, thеn аddіng іnduѕtrіаl ѕуnthеtіс resins. It rеmаіnѕ hаrd after cooking and can cause serious hеаlth іѕѕuеѕ.

Exреrtѕ hаvе raised thе alarm of роѕѕіblе flооdіng of thе Nigerian mаrkеt with the ‘рlаѕtіс rісе’.

Aѕ Christmas drаwѕ close, a lоt оf реорlе will bе gеttіng bаgѕ оf rісе frоm their еmрlоуеrѕ, frіеndѕ and well-wishers.

You can determine іf уоur rісе іѕ fаkе bу саrrуіng оut аnу of thе simple tеѕtѕ below.

1. The mortar and pestle tеѕt

Whеn molding a fеw grаіnѕ оf rісе with a mоrtаr аnd pestle, if thе роwdеr gіvеѕ a ԛuіtе whіtе соlоur, you аrе good tо gо but іt hаѕ a yellow dіѕсоlоrаtіоn, уоur rісе muѕt be fаkе.

2. The fіrе test

You knоw whаt рlаѕtіс ѕmеllѕ like rіght. Sо, gеt a lіghtеr and burn a hаndful оf rісе. If іt саtсhеѕ fіrе аnd ѕmеllѕ like burnt рlаѕtіс, уоu have fake rice.

3. Thе water test

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Get a glаѕѕ оf соld water. Pоur a tаblеѕрооn оf rаw rісе in thе glass аnd stir. If the rice gоеѕ tо thе bоttоm, it іѕ аll good. If іt flоаtѕ at thе top, bе саrеful because it mеаnѕ іt соntаіnѕ ‘plastic rice’. Do nоt еаt.

4. The mоld test

Bоіl the rice. Lеаvе іt іn a warm рlасе fоr lіkе 2-3 dауѕ. If mоld dоеѕ not арреаr in a fеw dауѕ, уоur rice is fake аnd ѕhоuld not bе соnѕumеd. It will nоt get mold bесаuѕе рlаѕtіс іѕ nоt affected by thе wеаthеr оr temperature.

5. Thе boiling tеѕt

Obѕеrvе thе rісе whіlе bоіlіng. If it ѕtаrtѕ fоrmіng a thісk lауеr аt thе tор of thе pot, іt іѕ ‘plastic rice’.

6. Thе hot оіl tеѕt

Juѕt tаkе ѕоmе оf the rісе drор іntо some real hоt oil. If іt іѕ рlаѕtіс, it will mеlt or stick tоgеthеr оr stick аt the bоttоm оf the раn.

Shаrе thеѕе tірѕ with your frіеndѕ and fаmіlу ѕо thеу dо not end uр еаtіng ‘plastic rice’. These tеѕtѕ are vеrу ѕіmрlе. Dо not eat рlаѕtіс rice, bе саrеful.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Dalhah Nuuh

    December 24, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Thanks for the tests

  2. Jim Shelton

    December 24, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    I wouldn’t suggest buying ANY food from China. They are unscrupulous when it comes to most of their exports, but especially that. They have made poison baby formula and dog food. They used lead paint on baby toys and they violate patent laws by pirating CDS and DVRS. Plastic rice sounds dangerous, and cannot be healthy if consumed. What kind of person would sell something like that as food?

    • Jooda Henry Adeyinka

      December 24, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      am still not clear about that trend. So who will lose? Isn’t plastic of equivalent quantity more expensive??

    • Jim Shelton

      December 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Not at all. Plastic is bountiful and extremely cheap. Rice must be planted, cultivated, harvested, and processed. Plastic needs only to be formed and pavkaged.

    • Jooda Henry Adeyinka

      December 24, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      UNDERSTOOD

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Stop Squeezing Your Woman’s Breasts: Medical Doctor Warns Men

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The president of Breast Care International Dr. Beatrice Wiafe -Addai has urged men to handle the breast of women with care as it is a very fragile part of a woman’s anatomy.

Speaking on the sidelines of the breast cancer awareness month which is celebrated in October every year, Dr. Wiafe-Addai told Starr Fm morning show host Francis Abban that contrary to claims that the sucking of breast by men reduces the risk of getting breast cancer in women, those claims are untrue.

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“It isn’t genuine that the more you suck a lady’s bosom it keeps the danger of getting bosom tumor. What is genuine is that ladies who have youngsters ought to breastfeed, and breastfeeding has some beneficial outcome on the lady to the extent bosom disease is concerned. In any case, not grown-up men to go and suck the bosom supposing it will shield the lady from bosom disease, that isn’t valid, it is exceptionally delicate so we should deal with it with mind… don’t crush it like you have some mango or orange that you are pressing to get some liquid out,” Dr. Wiafe-Addai guided.

Dr. Wiafe-Addai likewise exhorted men not to surrender ladies determined to have bosom tumor yet rather help to battle it.

“If you find something in a woman’s breast don’t send her to her family home because she has been diagnosed of breast cancer. Give her all the morale even if not financial. So that she knows that someone is with her through the fight. The fight against breast cancer is not an easy one so women need all the support from men, society and the nation,” she noted

 

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Breaking: doctors Suspend 7-day Warning Strike In Osun

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Osun Chapter of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has directed members working with the state government to resume work, after a seven-day warning strike, over salary arrears and poor working condition.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the doctors began the strike on September 18, 2017.

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The directive for resumption of work was contained in a communiqué jointly signed by the NMA Chairman, Dr. Tokunbo Olajumoke and Secretary, Olalekan Ajayi.

Osun NMA said the strike was suspended due to the intervention of well-meaning stakeholders, who assured the association that the state government would address their grievances. The association said the strike became necessary because of the poor condition of facilities in state hospitals and poor welfare.

Meanwhile, the state government has described the attack on its Commissioner for Regional Integration, Bola Ilori, in Akure, Ondo State as barbaric, reprehensible and an assault on the sovereignty of the state.

Ilori was part of the delegation that presented Osun’s position at the All Progressives Congress (APC) public forum on true federalism and restructuring in its mission to get views of the people of Ekiti, Ondo and Osun states.

Media Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Sola Fasure, in an announcement, said the assault on Ilori, by some criminals was accounted for to have been political propelled and supported by a best positioning Ondo State Government bureau part.

Fasure noticed that the assault was in a roundabout way dispensed on Osun express that Ilori spoke to at the program and approached the law requirement organizations to angle out and convey to book culprits of the assault, regardless of how capable the supporters could be.

He additionally pondered whether the remark of Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Yemi‎ Olowolabi, that the Osun designate was the assailant who had gone to the setting of the occasion to cause inconvenience, was sufficiently discretionary.

The statement noted that such remarks could cause disaffection between the two sister states, which have lived without any rancour towards each other for years since the creation of both states.

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Why Buhari travelled out for treatment – Health Minister

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Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, says President Muhammadu could not be treated in Nigeria because of the long existing bond between him and his foreign doctors.

He, however, assured Nigerians and the international community that there was no cause for concern over Buhari’s health.

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“One thing we must realise is that health is a complex issue. There’s what we call patient-doctor relationship; there is also a bond between the patient and the doctor and these are things we can’t play with,” Adewole told Thisday.

“I used to have patients in Ibadan and they still call me, and say ‘we will like to see you’. Then I have to say no to them because I’m no longer available and ask, ‘why can’t you see somebody else?’ But many of them are reluctant to do so. That’s the complex thing about health.

“We should give him (Buhari) that choice. What we really wish is for Mr. President to be well and hearty.

“However, this is also a complex country, so I am not too happy about some of the insinuations, because we should pray for our leaders. We should continue to pray for him. There is no cause for alarm,

“He (Buhari) came back (referring to the previous medical vacation) and told us that he was ill and that he was treated. When we have that type of leader, I think we can go to sleep”, he stated

The minister also spoke on efforts of the ministry to make healthcare accessible to Nigerians.

“The first thing we have done is to approve the policy, that’s the third Health Policy in the history of Nigeria. So this government can take credit for putting a policy in place, that’s number one.

“We also launched a programme called the ‘Save One Million Lives Initiative’, where we took money from the World Bank and gave it to the states as seed grants to develop programmes that will impact on the lives of women and children because we want many of our indicators – maternal and child health indicators – to change.

“We further initiated a programme called the ‘Rapid Response Results Initiative’, distinctively factored for the poor. We started with 10,000 surgeries for the poor and I am happy to say that all over the country, we are offering care to poor Nigerians.

“We have started primary health care revitalisation, as part of the RRRI. Very soon, we are moving on to really injecting life into our tertiary centres. We have identified three reasons why people go out of the country and die: cancer, renal and cardiac diseases,” he said.

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