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Chia Hak Soon
07-10-2008, 10:05 AM
Hello everyone, lately due to the rice shortage months ago,I have bought pre-packed uncooked rice from Giant Supermarket under the brands Jasmine, and Sunflower. The packing looks good but after unpacking into a rice container, I found that they mix it with other broken rice and it is full of 'live ' beetles..

Is there a place to complain ? The good side of it is that the rice is not chemically tainted, otherwise the beetles will die. However, these beetles looks hardy considering the fact that the packing is airtight and they still survive. :confused:

silver_bird
07-10-2008, 10:24 AM
Chia Hak Soon :
Is there a place to complain ?

Have you highlighted your problem to Giant Customer Service Booth (near entrance) ?

Chia Hak Soon
07-10-2008, 10:32 AM
I haven't but the sealed packet needs to be opened before you can see the beetles crawling out. Surprisingly, the packed rice do not show any beetle before it is open. Maybe they come out for air. Will try on next trip and I wonder they will allow me.

blurrman
07-10-2008, 10:42 AM
I haven't but the sealed packet needs to be opened before you can see the beetles crawling out. Surprisingly, the packed rice do not show any beetle before it is open. Maybe they come out for air. Will try on next trip and I wonder they will allow me.

u gotta be fast, they manipulate fast...

geordie
07-10-2008, 11:30 AM
They are not beetles, I can assure you, but rather "rice weevils" or "psocids".
Can be found in rice, pasta and especially flour. The last time I saw an army of them was in my kitty's very expensive catfood !!!

Might be a one-off bad batch you got from Giant. Probably infestation started in the factory pre-packaging.

gtl
07-10-2008, 11:30 AM
does that mean the rice is old? or it is just contaminated with beetles due to bad storage condition?

kwchang
07-10-2008, 11:50 AM
They are not beetles, I can assure you, but rather "rice weevils" or "psocids"..
Actually, they ARE beetles - reference (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Sitophylus+oryzae)

They occur naturally around grain. Just pour out the rice onto a large tray and the weevils will get out of the heap of grain. Manually brush them off, put the tray in the sun. When the rice is cleared of the weevils, bag the rice and put it in the freezer - that will kill off the remaining weevils. They cause no harm - just break up the rice grains due to their boring actions.

Chia Hak Soon
07-10-2008, 11:51 AM
Rice weevils or psocids maybe the correct name , but since it is an insect ,probably it contains proteins if you do not mind the mixture after cooking. However, we are used to eating clean white rice. :D

Even if it is bad batch during pre-packaging, this happens only months ago when the price of rice increased .

Me thinks it is a delibrate move by traders to gain more profit.

geordie
07-10-2008, 11:56 AM
Re : old rice - don't think so. I have heard of such manisfestations even in new packages of flour and pastas. Most likely infestation originated in the food processing plants or warehouse. Make sure that any other opened packets of rice / cereal / other types of grain or wheat-based items in the house are kept away from the infested pack cos they might 'jump ship' very easily.

Am not an expert in weevils study (!). Best that you Google for more info.

LMei
07-10-2008, 12:20 PM
At one point hubby and I also considered buying extra packs of rice. But looking closely, we noticed that even the unopen packs has a tiny hole in everyone one of them. That could be the reason why the beetles started infesting.

vsat
07-10-2008, 01:59 PM
They're called weaver ants. Chang is right. It happens naturally. I've had my fair share of weaver ants and sometimes I just cook them with the rice. Too lazy to seive through.

kwchang
07-10-2008, 02:09 PM
They're called weaver ants..
Sorry VSAT, my understanding of the term "weaver ants" refer to kerengga (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weaver_ants) , the large red ferocious ants that attack you if you come near their nests which they weave using leaves on the tree. What is discussed here are grain weevils - entirely different things

mlkok
07-10-2008, 02:44 PM
What I've been doing is to buy smaller pack, since I don't consume that much rice anyway, and then repack them into small containers and put them in the fridge.

It's been working for me so far. Guess they can't take the cold.

Wan Wan
07-10-2008, 02:50 PM
But looking closely, we noticed that even the unopen packs has a tiny hole in everyone one of them. That could be the reason why the beetles started infesting.
The tiny holes are there to facilitate storage and handling.
If there are no holes the bag may burst open due to too much pressure during stacking and transporting.

When you choose the pack, turn it over gently and look at the underside which the loose fragments will settle.
Look out for very small fragments, white debris, weevil eggs and rice dust as these are symptoms of weevil infestation. :D

fRaNkY
07-10-2008, 05:14 PM
You can sent it back within 3 days! Read the receipt!

Last week I bought a big bottle of milk which is sour and I returned it next day. Luckily I tried it b4 the kids drink it!

If you have bought it some time ago then susah lar... put it out to sun. To get rid of the bettles. After getting rid of the bettles keep it in fridge or with a piece of charcoal.

Chia Hak Soon
08-10-2008, 11:36 AM
My way of separating the weevils from the rice - Before washing the cook portion, pour in hot water and they will float. Wash a few more times and the rice is ready for cooking.

To dry in the sun is another idea but the eggs are submerged and will reproduce later.

To put in the fridge works, but it occupy space, anyway you still need to wash again before you cook. So pour hot water is the best option.

CS Chua
08-10-2008, 01:31 PM
does that mean the rice is old? or it is just contaminated with beetles due to bad storage condition?
Definitely old rice or they mixed old rice with the new ones.

PJS
08-10-2008, 05:31 PM
Rice weevils exists in most every pack of rice sold in local markets. The infestation starts at the rice mill where its eggs found their way into the rice. After a certain period of infestation, (from my observation, about a month) the adult weevils will be out and about, eating ur rice grains and excreting their digested starch (eeew) into ur pack of nice 'fragrant' rice. :D

The only kind of packaging that could keep the rice from growing weevils is probably those vacuum packed rice.

Many years ago, I tried putting dried chili peppers into the rice container also didn't work, coz our consumption of rice is very little. By the time we finish 10kg of rice it could be 3-4 months.

I read that to kill off the weevils or its eggs, you just need to put the rice in the freezer for about 3 days, then u can store the rice away without having weevil problems.

We just resorted to buying smaller quantities and keep in the freezer the minute we got home.

I don't see any weevil infestation in those rice shops where they sell rice in loose quantities from a big bucket though, u might wanna go ask them if their turnover is fast enough before weevils grew, or did they hv some other tricks to keep the weevils away.

Wan Wan
08-10-2008, 07:43 PM
The only kind of packaging that could keep the rice from growing weevils is probably those vacuum packed rice...........Many years ago, I tried putting dried chili peppers into the rice container also didn't workYup dried chili don't work.
Could it be that's why my mum put a box of bicarbonate in the rice storage urn?
It seems to work for her and me too :D

oblina
09-10-2008, 06:03 PM
Yup dried chili don't work.
Could it be that's why my mum put a box of bicarbonate in the rice storage urn?
It seems to work for her and me too :D

i seldom cook rice and always end up wif weevies in the rice.. so to combat tis problem, everytime i buy a pack of rice back, i'll store it straightaway into the fridge... no more weevils infestation ;)

umadavid
09-10-2008, 06:33 PM
I had graduated from 5kg white rice to vacuum packed 1kg brown rice packets. Better, fresher and only replenish as required. We eat less rice now, too.

Wan Wan
09-10-2008, 06:45 PM
i seldom cook rice and always end up wif weevies in the rice.. so to combat tis problem, everytime i buy a pack of rice back, i'll store it straightaway into the fridge... no more weevils infestation ;)Yes that's is a foolproof way but my household cannot....err...our usage is 20kg per 30 days. :o
Me and the old people do consume much less but not the growing children! :D
It either rice or fast food.
Me thinks home cook food with rice better option than quick service restaurant fast food.