Circulated messages about "fake rice" are probably fake news

Have you received any photos on WhatsApp or Facebook claiming that the Happy Family brand of white rice is "fake"?

This is the latest in a string of fake news.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) posted a statement on their Facebook page on Nov 1 stating that they are aware of the various rumours and messages circulating on social media regarding fake rice in Singapore.

They said that they have tested the Happy Family white rice sold at Sheng Siong and have found it to be authentic.

They added that they have not detected any fake rice in Singapore thus far:

"Imported rice is regularly inspected and sampled to ensure it complies with our food safety standards and requirements. Our sampling tests include authenticity, and testing for mycotoxins, pesticide residues and heavy metals."

On Nov 3, Sheng Siong issued a response to the rumours on their website:

"There is a recent message circulating on social media asserting that our Happy Family Housebrand Special White Rice is made of plastic. This is a false allegation.

"AVA has tested and clarified that the Happy Family Special White Rice is real and authentic. We would like to assure all customers that our rice have passed stringent safety checks by the authorities and is safe for consumption.

"If you require any clarifications on our rice products, please call our hotline at 6895 1872."

Can you tell if your rice is "real"? Check out AVA's infographic below.