The safety and integrity of rice production
Rice, wheat, and maize are the world’s three leading food crops; together they supply over 40% of all calories consumed by the entire human population. Of these three major crops, rice is the most widely consumed food crop for people in the developing world. It has been estimated that over half the world’s population subsists wholly or partially on rice.
The safety and integrity of rice production worldwide faces substantial challenges. Fraud in the rice supply has been well known for some time but the types of fraud and its scale appears to be increasing dramatically. Reports of counterfeiting, ‘toxic rice’ and ‘plastic rice’ are now frequently reported in the media around the world. This has served to fuel substantial fears in many that what they and their children are eating is not safe.
So how much truth is in these reports and what can be done to detect rice fraud at a global level? The webinar outlines some of the facts & myths about rice fraud and presents some of the very latest ways we can fingerprint rice to help stop criminals getting away with cheating the global citizen.
Chris Elliott, Professor of Food Safety and Founder of the Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University