Video: Fertilizer stock sealed due to high cadmium levels

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Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake  who made a surprise visit to a private fertilizer company in Peliyagoda today ordered to seal a stock of 673 tonnes of fertilizer found to contain high levels of Cadmium.

Cadmium is a substance injurious to health and a main attributing factor for kidney diseases.

Although the standard cadmium proportion for one kilogramme of fertilizer is 5 mg, more than 20 mg of cadmium had been found in each kilogramme of the seized stock.

The Minister said the stock of fertilizer had been imported from China and a sample of the fertilizer would be sent to the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) and if the company wished they could send samples to be tested in foreign laboratories.

He also said the agriculture department would appoint a committee to investigate the matter. (Indika Sri Aravinda)

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  • Giabao Saturday, 24 October 2015 02:19 PM

    oooh what a surprise from a surprise visit. it is also surprising how efficient we could test cadmium levels during surprise visits.

    Upali Samarajeewa Saturday, 24 October 2015 04:45 PM

    The true scientists in this country are well aware with 95% chance the major cause of kidney disease is cadmium. I have been telling it again and again. Unfortunately the politicized pseudo scientists in this country had other views for reasons beat known to them. My observations on this was not based only on cadmium concentrations, but a whole heap of scientific evidence available from the literature regarding the way cadmium behaves. At last the truth is coming out

    Jagath Saturday, 24 October 2015 08:39 AM

    Importers have not given the required amount to right person.Once given it will be released soon.

    Sisira Saturday, 24 October 2015 09:30 AM

    I suspect that soon same institution will say "Cadmium levels are well below allowable limits". That is how things happen here.

    sacre blieu Saturday, 24 October 2015 10:45 AM

    Hey ho the merry ho ,the farmer in the dell. Or is he in the pit and the consumer in the grave. Only the results of the ITI or government accredited ,trusted labs should be accepted and not the results of the company ,which would be tailor made by a fictitious lab to favor the company. We have seen this happening over the years with the abuse of standards with the culprits allowed to get away with it by even with the support of the government agency corrupt officers .

    OMG Saturday, 24 October 2015 12:48 PM

    these are the out come of previous regime. they only worried about their commission not the public health. thanks to our president my3


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