Central Jakarta Police have said that an investigation into a Padang restaurant did not find any indications of plastic rice being produced or served in the eatery, as accused in a recent viral video.
"We have checked to the site to examine their food; we found no plastic rice there," Central Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Suyudi Aryo Seto said on Tuesday as quoted by tempo.co.
He added that investigators were following up on a report filed by the restaurant owner against the uploader of the video for alleged defamation.
The report claims that the video discouraged Jakartans from eating at the restaurant.
The one-and-a-half-minute video, uploaded on YouTube by Kepoindo HD on Aug. 22, starts with a woman trying to make a ball out of left-over rice from a Padang restaurant.
Her hands are clean, showing no traces of rice.
"If this was normal rice, it would stick to your hand," a female voice from behind the camera says while examining the woman's hands.
The woman then throws the rice ball onto the table in front of her and it bounces around 10 centimeters off the surface.
She then holds up the rice box, showing viewers the restaurant's address and phone number.