Brown rice is one of the most commonly grown grains in the world.
Green rice is another common ingredient used to make green pasta.
But the most important ingredient in green rice, white rice, is now being challenged by a new strain of bacteria, known as Rikenya.
Rikenya, which emerged in India in the late 1980s, is considered a foodborne pathogen that has been linked to severe food poisoning outbreaks.
The new strain, which is now causing widespread illness in parts of South and Southeast Asia, has been identified in more than 2,000 rice-growing countries in India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
Rikki Pimentel, an expert in the microbiology and immunology of foodborne diseases at the University of California San Francisco, said the strain is being used as a weapon against rice, a staple grain for millions of people.
“What we see is this new strain has developed resistance to the most common strains of Rikenyan bacteria, and it’s been able to use the resistance to produce this very high toxin and the ability to cause severe foodborne disease outbreaks in a very short period of time,” Pimentels said.
Ricarda L. Rangaswamy, a food safety expert at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in the United States, said that, like most bacteria, Rikeny has an aggressive mode of resistance that makes it difficult for it to adapt to new strains.
She said, “Rikeny is really a very persistent bacteria.
It will not go away, it will keep spreading in a population for a long time and we don’t know how long it will be able to persist in that population.”
The most common Riken Yans in India are from India’s western regions, which are prone to frequent droughts, floods, and extreme weather events.
“If you are a farmer, if you grow rice or beans in India and if you have any concerns about climate change, that’s one of those things you should do.
But if you are not a farmer and you are concerned about the climate and you’re not concerned about rice, you should definitely get rid of that rice,” said Rangaseswamy.
The United States has not identified a threat from RikenYans, but experts say the potential is there.
“The United Kingdom is very concerned about what is happening with Riken in the rice industry, and there is a growing concern that this could become a pandemic.
And I think it is likely,” said Steve D’Amico, a professor of agricultural economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
“We need to make sure we are not putting the rice farmers in a position where they are at risk.”
Rangas Wanda, an agricultural scientist at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, said Rikenies are a new foodborne threat because they are not resistant to the widely used antibiotics that are used to treat bacteria infections.
“We know they are resistant to many of these antibiotics.
We have not seen any evidence that they are going to get resistant to these antibiotics,” Wanda said.
Wanda said if the rice farming industry is not getting the help it needs, the new strain could be spreading rapidly and could lead to widespread foodborne illnesses.
“It is very difficult to predict the consequences of Risen Yans because we do not know how the rice growers are going, but the question is: What is the risk that they could end up being able to adapt and use this new toxin?”
If the farmers have to adapt, then they will need to adapt quickly.
If the rice producers don’t have the ability, then this strain could spread rapidly.
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Read more about the food industry:In the United Kingdom, the country’s largest rice-producing country, the Food Standards Agency said it is working with the Food and Environment Research Council and others to make rice resistant to Riken yans.
The agency said it has identified more than 500,000 cases of food poisoning associated with Risen yans and is testing about 150,000 pounds of rice daily.