It is phenomenal as millions of Filipinos are too anxious about videos and social media posts showing our Asian counterparts manufacturing and repacking allegedly faked foods. One of the major culprits are China, Thailand, and the like.
The fear seems to be remotely overseas, however, many Filipinos now make claims that these hoax products have already been reaching our shores.
Just this week the video of Rafael Rufo Franco in Facebook showing his purchased rice seemingly looks and feels like plastic. The video reached 8 million views. Too viral that it caught the attention of the local media and even the government.
According to Franco he bought cheap rice at $40 kilos, rumors said that it was imported from Thailand. After consuming the staple product, many of his family members got diarrhea.
He then check the rice and examined it. He noticed that the rice does not spoil even after 24 hours. Using his hands he made a fist-sized rice ball and threw it on the floor, to his surprise it seems to show qualities of a plastic material.
The retailer of the rice who sold the rice to Franco contested that she already had many customers buying rice from her but she did not hear any other complaints.
The government assures the public saying that there is no fake rice in the country. Officials in the Agriculture department said that they did not receive any samples of fake rice yet.
They asserted that making fake rice can be more expensive because it requires the use of resin which is an expensive material. Moreover, the government is currently investigating this concern and is analyzing the sample rice from Franco.
For now the best way to protect yourself from these fake products is to purchase rice directly from rice millers. You can also do a water test by placing a small amount of rice in a cup of water, if the rice granules submerge at the bottom then they are authentic but if they float then it could be fake.