Warning: Stones in ABC brown rice

Last month K found a small stone in amongst some ABC brown rice she had just cooked for us. She actually bit down on it but luckily did no damage to her teeth. We put it down to a fluke and thought no more of it. Until yesterday.

Last night we found not one, but TWO pebbles in a single bag of rice!Here is a scan of them with a one dinar coin for scale. They look like they may be pieces of pumice.

Two small pebbles found in  a bag of ABC brown rice bought at Maxi on Gospodar Jevremova street in Dorcol. Pictured with a one dinar coin for scale.

Two small pebbles found in a bag of ABC brown rice bought at Maxi on Gospodar Jovanova street in Dorcol. Pictured with a one dinar coin for scale. Click image for larger version.

This is the exact product:

Two stones were found in a bag of rice just like this one purchased at Maxi on Gospodar Jevrovama

Two stones were found in a bag of rice just like this one purchased at Maxi on Gospodar Jevrovama

This brand of rice is excellent, but after shattering a tooth on an olive stone left in a salad by a fearless pizzeria (this is a hint) I can assure you that you do not want to risk chewing on one of these stones.

Since this rice is only packaged here, the local company may not even know about the stones. I will be writing to them this week to ask them if they know about it and if they will investigate.

In the meantime, if you are using ABC brown rice, chew slowly and carefully, I am serious.

PS. Destoning is a key part of the rice milling process. It is clearly not that effective with this wholegrain rice.

9 Comments Warning: Stones in ABC brown rice

  1. Milos

    This is probably why most people in Serbia go through their rice before cooking it by spreading it across a tabletop and making sure there are no stones or other artifacts before actually cooking it, my mom passed this habit on to me, stones are quite common in all manufacturer’s rice bags.

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  2. Jonathan

    Hi Milos,

    I think it is a more of a problem with this larger grain integralno rice than bleached and whitened rices.

    That said I have never come across a stone in packaged rice before (outside of Serbia). My suspicion is that fear of being sued in the West makes rice manufacturers very diligent in this respect.

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  3. Aslion

    My Serbian mother-in-law ALWAYS goes through the rice to sift out the stones. But my husband actually laughs at her these days thinking she doesn’t need to do it anymore, that the rice isn’t quite so stone-filled as it used to be…guess that’s not the case! Glad neither of you had any damage to your teeth!

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  4. NYCBG65

    There is no Maxi on Gospodar Jevremova St. but rather Gospodar Jovanova St.
    so you see everyone makes mistakes! That is the cheapest rice on the market, this happens even in the US when you buy cheap ! May I suggest uncle Ben’s.

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  5. jd

    @NYCBG65 – Corrected the address, thanks.

    I think you are wrong about this rice being cheap. This rice is in the exclusive organic / health food section (at the back, near the counters) and is probably twice the price of the rice in the ordinary rice section. The whole purpose of getting this brown rice is to avoid the toxic pap that is the massed produced white junk.

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  6. NYCBG65

    JD. Anything Floridabel packages is “cheaper” than other brands…they are a company that imports big bulks of rice, various nuts, cereals etc from various countries, they package and seal it in Serbia. Chances are the stones
    came from whever the rice was imported from.

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    1. jd

      Yes, obviously their quality control is a bit slack! It raises the question – Is there a good Serbian brand of brown rice?

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  7. NYCBG65

    Probably at one of the health food store like Bio-market etc, you should ask the sales girls.
    There’s a really good little organic food store on Kapetan Misina street between Gospodar Jovanova and Strahinjinca Bana (closer), think its called Bio-spajz I might have seen some brown rice bags, but dont know the brand. Its around the corner from Maxi, I assume you live nearby and know the neighborhood !

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  8. jd

    I know it. Its excellent. Try the mustard they have from France. Expensive but delicious.

    That shop is where I generally buy brown rice. I just kept finding that it was closed on Saturday afternoons when I pass by.

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