Fake rice made of tiny paper rolls have been found in Guangdong province after a woman bit into “an unusually hard piece of rice” in her lunch, mainland media reported.

“Rice” made of paper. Photo: Shantou Metropolis Daily.

“My family and I were having a meal. The rice we ate felt no different than usual, until half way through the meal I chewed onto an unusually hard piece of rice,” a woman surnamed Cai told Shantou Metropolis Daily.

Cai said she took the piece of rice out of her mouth, studied it and was shocked to find that it unrolled into a strip of paper, the newspaper said in report on Thursday.

The counterfeit food was shaped to look like rice grains with pointed ends.

“Rice” made of paper. Photo: Shantou Metropolis Daily.

Cai told local police she bought the rice from a street hawker who promised they were grown in the countryside in a “very environmentally friendly” way “without any pesticides.”

The woman and her family had been buying rice from the same hawker since the beginning of this year.

The seller is unlikely to get caught because street hawkers are very mobile and Cai did not get a receipt when buying the rice, Shantou Metropolis Daily said.

Vivienne Zeng

Vivienne Zeng is a journalist from China with three years' experience covering Hong Kong and mainland affairs. She has an MA in journalism from the University of Hong Kong. Her work has been featured on outlets such as Al Jazeera+ and MSNBC.