Fake Viral

Rice packaging video from Peru passed off with the communal angle attributing “Rice Jihad”

Written by Md Mahfooz Alam

A video of rice packaging is viral on social media platforms with the claim of chemical mixing in rice by the Muslim community.  In the video, several workers are packaging the rice and also sprinkling a yellowish liquid into it.

Social media users claim that the yellow liquid is a dangerous chemical compound that can cause many diseases. They claim the adulteration is being done to damage the Hindu population and they call it “Rice Jihad”. An appeal is also being made to not buy anything from the Muslims or Muslim establishments.

Facto News found out that the above claim is completely false.

Sukhdev Pandey, a Twitter user posted the video with the caption that reads: अब चावल जेहाद, हिन्दुओ कहाँ कहाँ से अपने परिवार और बच्चों को बचाओगे, मुसलमानों ने कमर कस ली है कि हिन्दुओ को यानी काफिरों को खत्म करना ही है,ऐसे चावल को मत खरीदो नीचे दिये गये वीडियो से स्पष्ट है कि मुसलमान चावल में रसायन डालकर हिंदू आबादी में कमी लाने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं
न केवल चावल में वे इस खतरनाक रसायन को जोड़ रहे हैं ताकि हिन्दुओ को बीमार कर सकें। इसलिए मुस्लिम और मुस्लिम प्रतिष्ठानों से कोई भी वस्तु खरीदना नहीं है। महिलाओं ओर बच्चों में यह रसायन और जल्दी विकार उतपन करता है इससे कैंसर,हार्ट ट्रबल, स्कीन में खुजली, आंखों की रोशनी कम होना,…”

(Translation: Now rice jihad, From where will Hindus save their family and children, Muslims have vowed that Hindus have to eliminate the infidels, do not buy such rice, it is clear from the video below that Muslims are trying to reduce the Hindu population by putting chemicals in rice.

Not only are they adding this dangerous chemical to rice to make Hindus sick. So do not buy anything from Muslim and Muslim establishments. In women and children, this chemical causes more early disorders, it causes cancer, heart trouble, itching in the skin, reduced eyesight, …)

(Source: Twitter/Screenshot)

An archived version of the same claim with the video posted on Twitter can be found here and here.

The video is also being shared on Facebook with the same claim.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

FactO Check:

Using the InVID WeVerify plugin, we fragmented the video into several keyframes. A reverse search of some of the keyframes led us to the same video posted on Facebook on 29 August 2018. The caption along the video is in the Spanish language and its English translation suggests a colouring chemical compound is being added into the rice and the video is from Peru — a country in South America.

(Source: Facebook/Screenshot)

We couldn’t independently verify about the liquid being sprinkled. However, we looked into the video closely and found the name of the rice brand printed on the bag— “CASSERITA”. On searching the rice brand, we came across a grocery website named Mundo Abarrotes based in Peru, selling different varieties of Casserita rice.

(Source: Mundo Abarrotes/Screenshot)

For a better understanding of our readers, we have also made a comparative collage.

Conclusion: 

Therefore, the viral video is from Peru and there is no communal angle associated with it.

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About the author

Md Mahfooz Alam

Mahfooz is a multimedia journalist and regularly writes fact-check stories for Facto News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has worked as an intern fact-checker for The Quint. He specializes in research and fact-checking and aspires to do investigative reporting.

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