If It Tastes Like Rice and Looks Like Rice…It Probably Isn’t
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If It Tastes Like Rice and Looks Like Rice…It Probably Isn’t

If It Tastes Like Rice and Looks Like Rice…It Probably Isn’t

Fake news. Fake eyelashes. Fake friends. It certainly seems that there’s more fake stuff today than a few years ago. And there are several reasons for that. Greed? A need for attention? Technological developments? Yes, they have all contributed to what seems like a world of fakes that have paralleled our regular world lately. While some of them are more obvious like fake body parts, other fakes are more inconspicuous like fake news or fake politicians who win our confidence with fake promises to care about our wellbeing when their only concern is satisfying their appetite to steal from our country. But that’s another editorial. Today we wish to draw your attention to a fake that’s possibly more lethal than a politician. It’s called fake food and it seems to be all around us.

There have been numerous videos on social media recently showing everyday food that don’t seem normal, including fake rice, fake cheese and fake eggs which upon closer inspection have nothing to do with food at all. Now, don’t confuse fake food with food fraud which is the misrepresentation of food. Fake food is usually synthetic materials that have been moulded to look real and are probably toxic if ingested.

Only recently, we were presented with what appeared to be a piece of false cabbage that was purchased at a popular supermarket in West Trinidad. Upon closer examination, it was clear that something was amiss regarding the texture of the sample. Like in previous instances where news of fake food on the local market popped up, our Newsroom contacted the Ministry of Health for some answers. But unlike the many instances where we were ignored over the last several months, they have actually taken us seriously this time and have accepted our sample of suspected fake cabbage for analysis.

What will be the outcome is uncertain at this time but at least we have the attention of the authorities. It’s a very positive sign since we may have been unsuspectingly consuming plastic rice and synthetic cheese among a host of fake foods that may be on the market. It also raises a whole other matter of unscrupulous businessmen importing these items mainly from China and what action should follow. Could this be a reason behind the level of chronic respiratory and reproductive disorders among Trinbagonians? Which brands are fake and which is genuine? We anxiously await  some answers since it is the view of the man on the street that there is some conspiracy with fake politicians and fake businessmen to cover up the truth. Let’s hope the perpetrators could be caught and fed meals of their own fake food in prison.

Web Master

June 6th, 2017

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