Are Rohingyas using chemicals to make old vegetables look fresh, so they can sell to unsuspecting customers?!
Take a look at the viral video, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Rohingyas Use Chemicals To Freshen Old Vegetables For Sale!
People are sharing a video of a man showing how he freshens old vegetables by dipping them into a chemical solution, so he can sell them as fresh vegetables!
The video has gone viral on social media, and is being shared on WhatsApp with messages like these:
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— Dr. Adrian Wong (@DrAdrianWong) March 30, 2023
Claim : Rohingyas Are Not Using Chemicals To Freshen Old Vegetables!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by people to cast aspersions on the marginalised Rohingyas who are refugees in Malaysia, and many other countries, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : This Is An Old + Edited Video
First, let me just point out that this is an old video that was edited for length, from its original run time of 4 minutes 7 seconds to just 1 minutes 42 seconds.
The earliest version appeared to have been uploaded to YouTube on 23 July 2021, by a Telugu channel called Mana Family Trends. Back then, it went viral on WhatsApp as well.
Fact #2 : Original Video Did Not Refer To Rohingyas
The original video, and the newer but shorter video, did not refer to the Rohingyas in their description or titles.
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Fact #3 : The Video Was Recorded In India
The video was recorded in India, and not Malaysia. So it has absolutely nothing to do with the Rohingya refugees here in Malaysia.
Fact #4 : It Appears To Be A Spreader Sticker Activator Demonstration
The video does not show farmers freshening their old vegetables by dipping them into a chemical bath.
Rather, the video appears to show a salesperson from an agrochemical company demonstrating the wetting effect of a spreader sticker activator.
Spreader sticker activator is meant to be mixed with other chemicals, because it is inert and works as an adjuvant (see Fact #5). Therefore, you won’t see anyone dip their produce into the spreader sticker activator, as seen in the viral video, except in demonstrations like this.
Fact #5 : Many Agrochemical Products Contain Spreader Sticker Activator
Spreader Sticker Activator is a silicone-based chemical compound that is mixed with pesticides, herbicides or fertilisers to boost their performance by:
- reducing surface tension, to allow for rapid wetting and absorption
- improving the adhesion of those chemicals
- opening the pores for faster absorption
By using a sticker spreader activator, you can use less chemicals and yet, they are more effective and last longer, saving you money. Hence, many agrochemical products already come with sticker spreader activator mixed in as an adjuvant.
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Fact #6 : Spreader Sticker Activators Are Considered Biologically Inert
Spreader sticker activators are considered to be biologically inert, and are therefore not registered by the US EPA. There is also no OSHA hazard classification.
There is currently no evidence that spreader sticker activators can cause cancer, or any other disease.
That said, its safety profile is based on the fact that only a small amount is mixed with other chemicals. It is not meant to be applied alone to plants, never mind used to soak them.
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