A new issue of food adulteration has surfaced in Hyderabad. After a hotel reportedly served ‘plastic rice’ to its customer last week, there has been several complaints on the same. The complaint, received on Tuesday stated that plastic rice was used by a hotel in Saroornagar. Since then officials have been receiving similar complaints from various places, said reports.
As complaints continue to pour in, the Telangana State Civil Supplies Department is collecting samples of the food grain from different suppliers and has sent for analysis on Tuesday night. The findings are expected to come soon this week.
“We are awaiting the test findings to initiate action. A person, Ashok, approached Meerpet police alleging that the rice he purchased from a miller was made of plastic,” Civil Supplies Commissioner CV Anand said.
Though this news in not confirmed but the news of ‘plastic rice’ is in circulation on social media for the past few days. This began three days ago when a Telugu TV news channel employee charged that he found plastic rice in the biryani which he purchased from a hotel in Saroornagar.
Notably, a resident of Nandanavanam Colony, Ashok and his friends who live in the boys’ hostel in Ameerpet and another person Chakri of Begum Bazar claimed that the rice they had bought from different sellers was ‘plastic rice’.
“Some of them claimed that when they hurled the lumps of the cooked plastic rice, they were bounced. Inmates of the Ameerpet hostel charged that they were served an egg of plastic and it didn’t smell like the original one,” the police said. However, no criminal cases were registered so far in the incident.