Chinese Tourists and Consumers Buying Japanese Rice

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From NetEase:

Chinese Tourists Spur Japanese Rice Trend: Spending 1500 yuan for 5 kg

People.com.cn February 25 report — According to Taiwan’s Liberty Times’ quote of statistics reported by Japan’s largest national agricultural products wholesaler cooperative federation, and following the recent trend of buying Japanese rice cookers and toilet seats, mainland Chinese tourists are now clamoring to buy Japanese rice, with one mainlander even spending nearly 1500 yuan RMB [~245 USD] to buy 5 kg of Japanese rice.

While China’s import of Japanese rice remains small, being just 160 tons last year, it is already over twice the amount of 2013, reflecting mainlanders’ increasing loss of trust in their own domestically produced agricultural products, with some people even advertising their sale of Japanese rice on Taobao, boasting that Japanese rice does not use pesticides unlike Chinese rice producers and does is not polluted with heavy metals.

The report points out that the repeated food safety scandals in the mainland have led mainlanders scrambling to buy foreign products, with Hong Kong’s milk powder being the first “casualty”, then European infant milk formula, then New Zealand milk, and the latest to be “targeted” being Japanese rice, with the reason being that mainlanders are afraid of their own domestically produced rice being unsafe.

The report also quoted research published by China’s environmental protection bureau in April last year that as much as 16% of China’s soil has suffered pollution/contamination, that in some parts of the mainland, rice farmers even refuse to eat the rice they themselves have planted because of severe soil contamination. Moreover, in May of last year, Guangdong province published investigation results showing that as much as 44% of rice sampled had traces of cadmium exceeding limits, resulting in mainland consumers at the time turning to purchasing rice from Thailand as a substitute.

Using Thai rice as a substitute for Chinese rice was due to price considerations. After all, the price of Japanese rice is high, often as much as 10x the price of Chinese rice, and with rising demand, more and more Chinese people are using Taobao and such [ecommerce] platforms to directly purchase Japanese rice from individual Japanese suppliers. Statistics show that one Chinese person even spent nearly 1500 yuan RMB to purchase 5kg of Japanese rice.

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自由正义秩序 [网易新疆克拉玛依市网友]:

So embarrassing, can we have some backbone [self-respect] at all? Bring me some.

静夜梦醒 [网易陕西省网友]:

I really don’t know whether to laugh or cry…

吹牛都崛不起的鸡国 [网易加拿大网友]:

How can you recklessly flame/criticize like this? Counterfeiting in Japan means the death penalty, with the president/director setting an example in committing suicide first. You think they all have such narrow thinking like you? With just a taste of Japanese rice, you can tell that it tastes so many times better than domestic rice. China’s Northeast Wuchang rice is sold in Tokyo’s various large supermarkets, and its price is the same as the cheapest Japanese-produced rice. Japanese people don’t eat Chinese rice. It is Indian and Pakistani restaurants that come purchase Chinese rice. Japanese rice sold in Japan is equally very expensive, just like beef. American and Australian beef is very cheap in Japan, but Japanese beef is expensive. Same for pork and chicken. Eating Japanese rice in China is expensive because every mouthful of rice includes 27% import duties and the seller’s profit. SB.

删贴全是狗奴才 [网易广东省广州市手机网友]:

Not being able to provide safe food for one’s citizens to eat is a national shame/humiliation. Those in support, ding me!

网易四川省手机网友 ip:117.177.*.*

Can 5kg last a lifetime?

网易上海市手机网友 ip:180.172.*.*

Japan has radiation.

网易浙江省手机网友 ip:36.23.*.*

As if eating this 5g means not having to eat rice ever again! Silly.

周黑鸭 [网易上海市手机网友]:

Just how long can 5kg last??

百事无忌 [网易山西省阳泉市手机网友]:

SB!!!!

316502f9e4ee59ec1c68e7a6 [网易福建省漳州市手机网友]:

Sad.

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  • Markus P

    Most of the things we eat are over our daily limit in something or another.
    I probably eat so many harmful things without even knowing, our bodies are really quite amazing and resilient when you think about all the crap we eat.

    There is not enough time in the world to worry about every little thing, such as using tap water for the kettle rather than bottled water. Some things are just out of our control, I won’t go as extreme as buying Japanese rice, although maybe I would be more careful once I have a child…

    • Luke the Duke

      I agree. Some people have even suggested that I use bottled water when brushing my teeth. I’ve ignored them and have yet to get mouth cancer.

      • Irvin

        give it time.

      • plorf

        Flawed logic, China has extremely high rates of all types of cancer reported, a multiple of other countries with potentially lots of unreported cases because of lack of funds for treatment. What doesn’t kill you doesn’t make you stronger, it makes you weaker…

        • Amused

          Unless your name just happens to be Dr. Bruce Banner.

        • Q Ball

          They can just drink poo/feces tea to cure themselves

    • MidniteOwl

      And which is why we have ever increasing cancer rates.. ahem, ‘the slow killer’. yes, just ignore. build up your tolerance to toxicity… idiot mentality.

      • Markus P

        Trying to avoid it is like trying to beat a dog in a race for the rabbit.
        Even food that is ‘safe’ is junk and I’m not just talking about China. a lot of food is processed shit and pumped full of chemicals, we can try to be careful, but, not everyone can buy imported goods from different countries, even if we have the funds some of us do not have the time to worry about every little thing and search on the internet for water from France, rice from Japan, Milk from NZ etc….

        I wonder, how many people who are afraid of the toxic food like to smoke?….

      • satuon

        The ever increasing cancer rates are mostly because polio, whooping-cough et. al. no longer kill us before cancer can have its chance.

  • FYIADragoon

    I usually buy Japanese rice too, but its a bit stupid to lug it back from Japan as a tourist. Once again, they sure are ready to whine about a couple rocks, but its all OK when it comes to anything else involving Japan.

    • Alex Dương

      You forgot the history! That plus oil under rocks aside, everything else is OK.

    • KamikaziPilot

      Yup of course. Don’t let their actions fool you, Chinese are incredibly proud to be Chinese, with their 30,000 years of civilization, even though most would emigrate if they could, generally consider Western products and people superior, are ashamed they can’t speak perfect english even though they live in China their whole lives, and flick their boogers at other Chinese people like it’s a national sport. They are definitely PROUD to be Chinese. Come to think of it I’ve NEVER met a Chinese who isn’t proud to be Chinese. I’m waiting for the next anti-Japanese riots, all that rice will be burned during their rage against the dirty, diabolical japs. And then of course they’ll go back to Japan to buy some more rice.

      • middle finger

        About the English, I think Japanese feel the same. Also I can understand why Chinese and Koreans hate Japanese so much.. but never get why Japanese hate other Asians instead of feel guilty, especially the hate toward Koreans?

        • AbC

          I don’t think the Japanese hates other Asians. The Japanese simply think other Asians are somehow inferior to them.

          • Poodle Tooth

            Any Japanese person who believes this should be forced to spend a day in Akihabara.

          • Lol von Random Name

            Pretty much this. I like good Chinese people and good Japanese people, the rest can be fed to sharks. That said, being proud of your country is good for protecting sovereignty.

        • KamikaziPilot

          Three words, severe inferiority complex. This causes one to look for others to look down upon, to cover up for their own insecurities.

          • Germandude

            Or simply to distract the own masses of where your own fault and guilt lies.

          • JayJay

            I always thought SIC relates to someone having small penis. Is this the case with Japanese?

        • bujiebuke

          “but never get why Japanese hate other Asians instead of feel guilty, especially the hate toward Koreans?”

          Most Japanese are not aware of the war crimes and atrocities committed by imperial Japan. All they know is that their “inferior” Asian neighbors really hate them, so they reciprocate the feeling. This point is underscored once a year where Japan tries to revise textbooks that mitigate their role in the murder of innocent civilians as China and Korea cry foul.

          Hence you have anti-Japan riots, and the cycle continues year after year.

          • Edward Kay

            Only their immediate neighbours. The rest of us had forgiven them after receiving Naruto, JAV and Sushi Bars.

          • bujiebuke

            “Only their immediate neighbours.”
            – yes that’s what I was referring to. Not that Chinese and Koreans don’t appreciate JAV, hentai, and anime…

      • don mario

        nationalism.

      • mr.wiener

        30,000 years…?

        • KamikaziPilot

          Actually rumor has it that the first Chinese ancestors appeared about a million years ago. Even found evidence on the Diaoyu Islands of an ancient Chinese settlement.

          • I’m fairly certain physiologically modern humans as a species didn’t exist a million years ago. Certainly there were things living there, but not humans yet.

            Rather, what is now the Chinese civilization is descended from ancestors of much later migrations.

    • Luke the Duke

      You’re assuming that the people shopping in Japan are the same people crying about Diaoyu.

  • Bluex

    Luckily Japanese products are more expensive, or else it would be Hong Kong v2. But then again, it has already begun aka baby diapers etc. Eagerly awaiting for another anti-Japanese protest again.

    • Bluex

      Actually i stand corrected. Seen news that they actually bought tonnes of electrical wares and other homewares too, and have it sent over to China. Well, we have a HK v2 already now.

  • middle finger

    Rice is love, rice is life 🍚🍚🍚🍚🍚

    • KamikaziPilot

      White rice also = diabetes

      • MidniteOwl

        sources or it doesn’t count.

        • KamikaziPilot

          Just do a search for “white rice diabetes”. Of course it’s really all about portion size but a healthier alternative would be brown rice. White rice has very little nutritional benefits, brown rice is healthier.

          • Raymond

            That depends where it’s grown. Brown rice in general have higher arsenic levels than white rice because arsenic accumulates in the grain’s outer layer, as much as 80% more.

          • KamikaziPilot

            I just hope the arsenic levels are too low to be toxic. I’ll still stick to my brown rice, I don’t really eat a lot of rice anyways.

          • Lol von Random Name

            Dude you have that badass Japanese look, I rarely see it from non USAF Japanese/half-Japanese. Congrats. Like you look like you could throw some punches +1

          • mr.wiener

            I prefer thai or Indian long grain rice, but yes, more greens less starch and more exercise are all good.
            You should cleanse the toxins from your system now and then. I prefer doing this with large doses of alcohol.

      • Mighty曹

        Brown rice is the healthier choice. But I don’t want people to know that, otherwise, the price will soar.

  • Irvin

    The food selection in china really sucks, I can’t even find american mustard in most super market. If even our own citizen wants food from other countries, why not just import all food? Not like we can’t afford it.

    • donscarletti

      Carrefour has condiments from all over the world and certainly stock American Mustard (though possibly made in Australia rather than US) and Wall-mart certainly has it. Most Chinese who go to the smaller supermarks like Chaoshifa or Wumei however do not want American mustard, so it would be silly to stock it there since it would go bad before it is sold.
      China’s exports are about 200 million US dollars more than its imports. Which sounds like a lot of money, but China’s agricultural sector is worth 1 trillion US dollars. Meaning China could not buy as much food as it currently makes. Not to mention how much it would hurt Chinese peasants if they all lost their jobs.

      • firebert5

        Try finding it in Carrefour or Wal Mart in Harbin and you’re in for a long journey with nothing to show for it in the end. You’re better off in bigger cities.

        • donscarletti

          Casual searching on my phone (Gaode Maps) reveals Harbin has 7 Carrefour stores (Daoli, Daowai and Pingfang districts all have one, Nangang and Xiangfang districts have two). Harbin is not that small, and neither poor nor insular by Chinese standards. Perhaps you forget which decade we are in.

        • Insomnicide

          There‘s hundreds of Walmarts and Carrefours in Shanghai and Guangzhou,almost too many sometimes。

    • Poodle Tooth

      My wife feels similarly about the selection of food in the US.

      • Free Man

        Same here with my wife and Germany, Switzerland is even worse. But I miss some products from Germany I can’t get here, too. So what? And honestly, chinese cooking isn’t as diverse as claimed. If you take another place of the same size like Europe for example, you can get as much of a variety as in China. Nobody is forced to use the same supermarket or eat the same stuff everyday and most processed stuff is available online anyway.

  • AbC

    “One Chinese person spent nearly 1500 rmb to purchase 5kg of Japanese rice” on Taobao…

    Now, I bet you someone had bought something else at an extraordinary price on eBay as well…

    Seriously, the majority probably just paid a slight premium for imported product. An outburst about nothing really.

    • Xia

      Exactly what I though. Just because “Japan” is involved, doesn’t make it some news. People buy overpriced premium shit all the time.

  • crimsonarmor

    lol I don’t think Chinese rice is that polluted and contaminated as people are saying, just a lot of Chinese are overly paranoid when it comes to gossip, rimours and making mountains out of molehills. Yes theer are some problems but not every company’s rice is tainted. I’m British and prefer mantou and bing. Next thing you know everybodys gonna tell me all the flour in China is contaminated. LOL
    p.s I thought the Chinese always boycott Japanese products etc and now everyones buying their rice and going on how clean and healthy it is. What a laughfest!

    • plorf

      Generally spoken nearly all agricultural products on local markets (from local production) around urban centers is heavily contaminated. If anything the extent is underreported, certainly not paranoid to avoid eating that stuff long-term. Buying from larger stores that buy large quantities from more rural areas is recommended if you insist on buying Chinese produce.

  • NeverMind

    Everything tastes good with rice

    • KamikaziPilot

      My dad used to eat spaghetti with rice, ewwww gross. I myself haven’t eaten white rice in years, it’s all brown rice for me. Too scared of getting diabetes.

      • don mario

        mmm brown rice

        • Mighty曹

          Brown sugar for Mick Jagger.

      • Zappa Frank

        unless you eat tons of rice or beside the rice the rest of your diet is unhealthy I don’t think you should be so scared. People should be more scared of drinks with surgar

        • KamikaziPilot

          Yeah I hear you but I’ll just stay away from all white rice, might as well not take chances, besides I’ve grown to like the taste of brown rice better anyways. You’re also right about the sugar drinks. I actually like them, as I think most do, but it’s basically liquid sugar. I drink maybe 10 of them in a whole year, when I feel like treating myself. Other times it’s just water, milk, coffee and occasionally tea for me.

      • NeverMind

        There is actually a very popular Egyptian dish named ‘Koshari’ which includes rice, spaghetti, macaroni, lentils etc. Is your dad Egyptian?

        I was a health freak in the past and my daily diet included grilled chicken and brown rice and then weight training at the gym. Now, I don’t know what or whom to believe, so I just eat anything I want but in moderation.

        Now my daily diet includes White rice, vodka, read meat and some vegetables lol

        • KamikaziPilot

          My dad is not Egyptian, he just likes to eat rice with everything. When he was eating only one meal a day due to his work schedule, he’d eat 2 cups (dry) of rice with his meal. I can relate to the chicken and brown rice (I also ate broccoli) diet with weight training. I think a lot of guys go through that phase, haha.

      • left nut

        Like you I stopped eating white rice all together and use a mix of Brown Rice and Quinoa. It adds a nice little pop to the texture.

        [EDIT] Mind you in addition to that change, I also reduced the portion to make way for more vegetables.

        • KamikaziPilot

          I tried to make Quinoa a part of my diet but I just couldn’t stomach it. Tasted like cardboard to me.

          • Alex Dương

            You have to embrace your inner hipster.

          • left nut

            LOL!

          • left nut

            50:50 will do that… over time I had to work my edible ratio to 75:25 (BR:Q). It will tone down the BR taste but not over power it.

          • KamikaziPilot

            I actually was just eating Quinoa by itself, I didn’t even think about mixing it with rice. Don’t think I’ll try it again though, even mixed I don’t think I could eat it, as healthy as it is.

  • don mario

    i buy japanese soy sauce. because: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNW-Xl0xetc

    • firebert5

      That made my day

    • Amused

      What does it say about the music in China that this shit is actually much better than the serious music they try to make here?

  • chucky3176

    If you had the choice between pollution contaminated Chinese rice and the Japanese government covered up Fukushima radiation rice, which one would you choose? Both will kill you in the long run. It will take few years, but eventually they are both poor options.

    • Zappa Frank

      I was thinking the same, you run from a maybe polluted to a maybe radioactive food…no sense

    • don mario

      thai rice?

    • Truthhurts

      Maybe you should eat less rice…and cake and pudding and pie and snacks eh? Piggy.

    • Guest

      Japanese variety ‘short rice’, which tolerates a cooler climate than jasmine rice, is grown in the United States – I buy that.

  • YourSupremeCommander

    I just set up shop on Taobao to sell $50 (US) jars of Canadian air, and I will be a billionaire in 2-3 weeks, good knowing y’all common folks!

    • KamikaziPilot

      I’ll give you $25, and not a penny more.

  • Mighty曹

    This makes Japanese AV no longer the only import the Chinese never protest against.

  • chucky3176

    Do Chinese really like Japanese rice? I ask because both Japanese and Koreans prefer the short grain rice which is called the Japonica rice. As far as I understand, the Chinese, along with the South East Asians, mainly eat the other kind, the long grain rice, called the Jasmine rice which I find to taste sweeter with a mild scent to it. The Japonica rice lacks any scent.

    • Mighty曹

      The only time I eat Japanese rice is when eating or making sushi with it. Sometimes with Japanese curry. Other than that, it’s all brown rice.

      • chucky3176

        So how do you explain this article? Are Chinese willing to change their dietary habit, and start eating sticky short grain rice?

        • Mighty曹

          Easy. Mass Hysteria plus trend setting. Something mainland Chinese seem to fuel on a regular basis.

        • LordLibra

          The types of rice they eat varies by area in China. The northern and central areas eat the same type of short-grain rice as Japan and Korea. Whereas you’d mostly see long-grain if you’d go to Canton.

      • left nut

        The wife and I made Maki’s with BR… the flavor of white rice and rice wine vinegar make the sushi rice, BR was a “barley decent” substitute… fun experiment, but will not repeat.

        HOWEVER!!! We’ve also tried using BR to make Korean Kimbap and it worked very, very well. Kimbap rice is seasoned with salt and sesame oil, and it went so well together with BR. Our kids like it so much we make Kimbap rolling a family thing.

        You guys should try it.

        • Mighty曹

          NOOOOO…… not with BR. For sushi, rice makes a world of difference. My friend has a sushi catering business and he told me when he changed rice all his customers noticed and complimented the improved quality.

          • left nut

            Agreed, sushi rice is key. Will never mess with that again.

  • WHITE GUY

    Enjoy your radioactive rice

  • chucky3176

    Wow, China has 27% of the world’s cancer deaths in total, to become the cancer capital of the world.

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1422475/china-hardest-hit-global-surge-cancer-says-who-report

    Certainly explains why they are desperate enough to go for irradiated Japanese rice.

    • don mario

      thats depressing.

    • Mighty曹

      They may be on to something. Consuming rice while getting radiation therapy at the same time.

      • chucky3176

        Why not go for Thai or Vietnamese rice instead? At least they are safe and they are not irradiated. Plus they are long grain rice.

        • Mighty曹

          The Chinese (or ethnic Chinese) in the States eat mostly Jasmine rice from Thailand. The popular choice in all Asian markets available in various brands, along with just one Kokuho Rose sushi rice.

          • chucky3176

            Those Rose rice are grown and produced in California. Korean Americans eat them too. lol..

          • Mighty曹

            Actually it’s quite good. Japanese in Hawaii love them too. I used to work at this Japanese department store Shirokiya when I lived in Honolulu. Whenever we had a sale the locals – almost all Japs – would come and buy in bulk.

          • Alex Dương

            On the East Coast, we’re cheap and buy enriched long grain white rice from Wal-Mart. (Although me personally, I buy brown rice.)

          • Mighty曹

            If there’s a WalMart near my home I’m sure I’ll be buying rice from there too. Prices are much better than similar stores like Target. Do they have Thai rice?
            Btw Alex, are you Vietnamese?

          • Alex Dương

            I’m pretty sure they sell Jasmine rice, but I’m also pretty sure it won’t be in fifty pound bags, unlike “enriched long grain white rice.” And I’m Chinese American, not Vietnamese American. I picked this last name for fun and because Nguyen is just too common of a Vietnamese surname.

          • Mighty曹

            That’s funny! I have a Viet friend with the name Duong, that’s why. Nguyen, Tran and Le’s are like the Wong, Chan and Lee’s of Vietnamese.
            Hey, if you’re Chinese American and I’m American Chinese how are we different? lol

          • vincent_t

            In Malaysia and Singapore people mix the Jasmine rice with ordinary white rice. Just Jasmine rice itself is too soft and sticky for us.

          • Mighty曹

            The one I eat is not sticky maybe because it’s 80% brown and 20% red. Try adding red rice.

    • ClausRasmussen

      Please do the math: With ~7bn people in the World, China would be expected to have 18% of Worlds cancer deaths to begin with. Next there is probably a lot of underreporting from 3rd World countries, pushing China’s expected share even higher

      The measure you really should be looking at is the rates (per million): http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/all-cancers/by-country/

      China is more or less the same level as many Eastern European countries, and some Western European too

      • KamikaziPilot

        That’s a very interesting map. Just at first glance it seems that generally the more developed a country is, the higher their rate is. Though it’s hard to read too much into this map since there are a variety of factors that lead to higher rates (ex. more reporting, longer life, diet, exercise). I can’t help but notice that most of Africa and the Middle east have low rates. I wonder if it’s because they die of other causes before cancer can get them.

        • Amused

          Death by child-soldier kills quicker than cancer. Who knew?

        • Mighty曹

          Very interesting indeed. I was checking it out and started playing around with the ’cause’ of death. I can pretty much predict the colors on the map. ie:
          HIV/AIDS, the entire African subcontinent is red.
          Lung Cancer, China = red (so is USA).
          Violence, Central America = red.
          Suicide, Japan & Korea = red.

      • chucky3176

        “Next there is probably a lot of underreporting from 3rd World countries, pushing China’s expected share even higher”.

        And you are certain China doesn’t have its share of underreporting? There are huge lineups in hospitals and clinics, and physical attacks on doctors and healthcare workers by frustrated patients. I would imagine a huge chunk of population in inner China still don’t have easy access to healthcare.

        • DickJones

          “Lies, damned lies, statistics and Chinese statistics.”

    • Is that 27% per capita or absolute global total? It’s a very large population compared to the rest of the world. So’s India’s too, but perhaps they tend to die sooner before getting cancer, or just rarely have the healthcare benefits to diagnose cancers. :)

  • bujiebuke

    The strains of rice grown in Japan typically have a fluffy texture that is absent from what’s grown in China. This is more about a shift in consumer taste who know have money to purchase food that is generally regarded as higher in quality. I really don’t think it has anything to do with safety issue with rice as the article implies.

  • Amused

    It’s rather interesting that just about every Chinese person I meet is incredibly nationalistic and proud as a peacock of their country, and yet none of them want to own or eat ANYTHING from this place they are sooooooo proud of…

    Almost makes you wonder if they’ve just been bullshitting us for years.

    • Boris

      They want to own houses here.

      • Amused

        Not traditional Chinese houses…

    • NeverMind

      Can’t that be said about most poor countries like Philippines, India, Vietnam etc?

    • jaded

      Proud for the sake of being proud. Blind nationalism

  • Boris

    Yet, Chinese rice is worse? China must be really fucking up if it cannot handle competition and is less safe than ‘Japanese radiated’ rice.

  • Zen my Ass

    Well, is this surprising? Not at all… Japan will stop selling rice to Chinese sooner or later and people will start looking for new markets, as long as it’s not China of course…

  • Dark Night

    So they are buying radiation filled rice?

    • BATORR

      I don’t know why they couldn’t go to Thailand to buy rice? At least Thai rice is more adaptable to Chinese palate.

      • mr.wiener

        Not sure, that it is. I think most Chinese prefer short grain rice ,the same as the Japanese. I know Thailand long grain rice is famous ,but I’m not sure what percentage of the rice grown there would be long grained…
        At the end of the day, despite the animosity Chinese have against the Japanese it probably boils down to snob value.

  • monster

    i escaped from city coz i can not stand shitty are any more.
    i always wear mask, still cough a lot.
    everyone in my family know i have breath problem. so they do not smoke around me.
    now eat clean and fresh veg, so happy!

  • Lei Feng’s Hat

    It doesn’t matter what brand of Rice-A-Roni you’re chowing down on, my Chinese friends. Two or three thousand years of in-breeding, and what that can do to DNA, isn’t going to be undone by a box of Uncle Bens.

    • Alex Dương

      Two or three thousand years of in-breeding

      By this “logic,” everybody in the world should be retarded.

      • Lei Feng’s Hat

        They’re getting there. One world one dream. Sing it.

  • Foreign Devil

    After reading this I’m going to be more careful when I buy rice in Canada to make sure it is not from China. I didn’t know rice could carry pollution.

  • left nut

    Californian brown all the way.

  • Marcus

    FYI, a minimum of 10% of the rice cultivated in China is containing very high levels of heavy metal (Pb, Cd being some of them). Here is one of numerous repot:

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/8839-heavy-metal-pollution-threatens-chinas-rice-industry/

    Conclusion I buy whatever I can from abroad!

  • Terje Presthus

    Made me want to check the price of rice in Norway.

    Cheap Thai rice is about 20nok for 1kg.

    22,5 Norwegian kroner =18,4 Chinese yuan

    https://kolonial.no/produkter/8849-rema-1000-jasminris-2kg/

  • David

    Troll, Troll, Troll your boat, gently down the stream. . .

  • Insomnicide

    We will boycott Japanese products by buying them out of stock!

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