Delhi

HC to hear plea on Chinese ‘plastic’ rice

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a plea alleging that rice made out of plastic, imported from China, was being sold in the country, and sought testing of samples.

A Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said it would hear on August 20 the application alleging that the “plastic rice” was being sold by mixing it with real rice.

The plea by advocate Sugriva Dubey has sought that wholesale traders of rice, pulses and fruits be raided, and samples be tested for adulteration to protect the common man.

It said that plastic rice when ingested along with the real one is not digested and leads to serious gastric ailments.

“Due to globalisation, rice in large quantities is being imported from China and even pulses are being imported from different countries, but no quality test is conducted,” the application said.

It alleged that the rice imported from China includes “plastic rice” and ordinary persons cannot differentiate between it and the real rice.

The plea also alleged that fruits like mangoes are being ripened artificially by using calcium carbide or other chemicals. — PTI

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