Agricultural and Processed Foods Export Development Agency (APEDA) has refuted rumours about plastic rice, attributing the videos on social media showing bouncing rice balls to a natural property of rice. India is a major exporter of rice and the country’s basmati rice exports stood at Rs 21,604.5 crore in 2016-17, according to data with the APEDA. “Information is being circulated on social media and in the media, giving an impression that plastic rice is being supplied from India both in international and domestic markets. In some of the videos, rice balls are being shown bouncing on the tables. These videos and press reports are misleading since several types of rice have such natural property,” APEDA stated. The trade body has claimed that the buoyancy of rice balls dropping on a hard surface is its natural property and it depends on the amylose content. “Rice starch consists of two main components — amylose and amylopectine — generally in a proportion of 25:75. However, there exists a lot of variation in germ plasm with respect to proportion of amylose and amylopectine. If, amylose is low (<10%), the rice on cooking tends to become very sticky and the rice balls made of such cooked rice will have no buoyancy on dropping to a surface. However, the rice balls made up of cooked rice from intermediate to high amylose (22-30%) type rice, will have buoyancy and these balls will jump for three-four times when dropped on hard surface,” said the circular.
Source: Economics Times
Published on: July 5, 2017