A stock of rice imported to CWE during Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, declared unsuitable for human consumption and sold as animal food but was later chemically treated and sold as ‘imported rice’, was taken into custody by Consumer Affairs Authority yesterday (3rd).
On 31st December night Small and Medium Scale Mill Owners Association and All Ceylon farmers’ Federation held a press conference and warned people that a stock of rice mixed with poison and dangerous for human consumption had been released to the market and to be careful when buying rice.
The National Organizer of Farmers’ Federation Namal Karunarathna revealed that the contaminated rice was sold and also displayed rice that had been mixed with poison at the press conference.
The stock of rice taken into custody yesterday had 15,000 kilos in 1150 sacks. The contaminated rice had been taken into custody from wholesale shops in Pettah, Colombo.
Speaking to the media the National Organizer of All Ceylon farmers’ Federation Namal Karunarathna said his revelation has benefited the consumers of the country and his organization together with rice mill owners, farmers and consumers will continue to fight against the rice mafia in the country.
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