Food safety officials who inspected 74 outlets did not find anything amiss.

Plastic rice scare Inspection conducted in Chennai retail stores no trace of plastic
news Food safety Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 09:07

Two days after an alarm in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh about the sale of 'plastic rice', inspections were conducted in retails stores across Chennai. Food Safety Department officials, who were examining the products, however concluded that there was no trace of plastic grains, reports the Times of India.

According to the report, the state food safety commissioner had directed teams to inspect rice sold at 74 outlets. This included shops in Anna Nagar, Mylapore and Parry's corner and fourteen samples were reportedly sent for testing. 

“They turned out to be real rice grains,” said R Kathiravan, designated food safety officer for Chennai to ToI. “We did not find anything amiss then too. However, we will continue our checks if and when we get complaints,” he added. 

Complaints and rumours of 'plastic rice' made its way to Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, as many traders and restaurants saw a dip in customers due to messages doing the rounds on social media.

According to reports, mild tension prevailed in Pendurthi area in Visakhapatnam districts, when some residents approached the local police.

The Hindu reported that residents approached the police and complained that their children were suffering from stomach pain and other health issues after consuming the rice of a particular brand.

On Monday, an alleged incident of plastic rice sale in the temple town of Srisailam in Kurnool district also created flutter after some people complained that a merchant sold them plastic rice.


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