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Plastic rice row: Grievances Cell NPO convenes emergency meeting

Source: The Sangai Express

Senapati, November 05 2021: Grievances Cell of NPO Senapati on Friday convened an emergency meeting to deliberate on the recent allegations of 'plastic rice' found in FCI Godown, Senapati.

It was participated by representatives of various CSOs including Senapati District Women's Association (SDWA) and Senapati District Students Association (SDSA).

The meeting was reportedly held in the presence of the United Senapati Block Association (USBA) composed of the district village chairmen organization, officials from FCI, Food Safety Administration and CAF & PD, Senapati.

The representatives of various CSOs and Departments present at the meeting also examined the alleged plastic rice that was issued from FCI Godown for the month of October 2021 .

                 Plastic rice row: Grievances Cell NPO convenes emergency meeting

Earlier, the people of Khamsom village and Khabung Karong village had alleged that plastic rice was found in the monthly quota of rice distributed under NFSA.

In this regard, the rice samples were reportedly collected and handed over to L Johny, Designated Officer, Food Safety Administration, Senapati for testing in FSSAI accredited lab.

According to FSSAI clarification, it is the natural phenomenon of rice to burn since it is a complex carbohydrate and as rice is 80% starch.

It has cohesive and adhesive properties and when the rice is cooked and transformed into a ball, the air gets entrapped and becomes bouncy like a ball that shows the rice to contain plastic.