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California sushi lovers may share tainted rice nightmare

Sushi rice.
Sushi rice.
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A class action lawsuit filed against Sacramento-based Farmer’s Rice Cooperative is accusing the company of selling tainted rice to thousands of grocery stores, brokers and sushi restaurants throughout the state.

Jinju Sushi Inc. filed the suit in July alleging the cooperative packaged inedible rice into their premium grade packages. The inferior rice known as “flush rice” is allegedly used, broken or recycled rice that may contain traces of insects, rodents, black mold and bird remains.  Restaurant and store owners were led to believe they were buying rice that didn’t contain flush rice. The cooperative denies the accusations.


Jeremy Zwinger, CEO and President of The Rice Trader, a trade publication dedicated to the global rice industry based in Durham, Calif.  He has no relationship to FRC.

Chris Weller, reporter for Medical Daily, who’s been following the story