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Chief Medical Officer of the Polonnaruwa Kidney Disease Prevention Unit Dr. Malin Methsuriya said that rice mill owners used highly poisonous chemicals to preserve rice they hold in stock and that such ‘treated’ rice could be preserved for at least five years.

He made this comment at a  meeting of the District Agricultural Committee warning that people who consumed rice treated with that toxic chemical were susceptible to terminal kidney diseases. 

The District Agricultural Committee met under the chairmanship of Polonnaruwa Government Agent Ranjith Ariyaratne.  Commenting on the progress of renal disease prevention programmes in the district Dr. Methsuriya said it is expected that at least 100 new kidney patients would be reported every month. He  also said that about 10 per cent of schoolchildren had developed symptoms of kidney ailments. 

“ We carried out urine tests to find albumin in their urine which was a clear indication that that they were susceptible to kidney ailments. Still, the cause of kidney ailments has not been identified, but it is believed that the use of aggro-chemicals is a major cause.

In this scenario the use of highly poisonous chemicals in preserving food items is a serious matter and steps should be taken to arrest and correct this situation,” Dr. Methsuriya said. (K.G.Karunaratne)

  Comments - 14

  • Nimal Wednesday, 22 March 2017 04:41 PM

    As a result of the 2008 Chinese milk scandal, the culprits involved were executed. Perhaps we should consider doing the same to our rice mill owners!

    dham Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:08 PM

    In SL both agro fertilizers and medical drugs both are controlled by multinationals companies no one can address these mafia how powerful are them. One end they gave poison food and other end selling medicine. via DM Android App

    OMG Wednesday, 22 March 2017 05:17 PM

    Well said, immediate action and punishment to be done or be ready to die soon.

    Madiya Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:02 AM

    The glories of being both in a underdeveloped country?

    Arnold Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:20 PM

    Eat manioc.

    bombili Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:22 PM

    Forget the Chineese. These are all done by greedy donkeys in Diyawanna brothel

    ANTON Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:12 AM


    karthi Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:29 AM

    Not only rice all what we eat are poisonous food. All what we need is more hospitals and medicines.

    sss Wednesday, 22 March 2017 06:44 PM

    and we have all the world religions and boast about our esteem culture but zero feelings for each other's well being

    satha Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:42 AM

    As the farmers may be unaware of the safe preservativeused to store the rice,why not the agriculture departmentrecommend safety preservatives even through the mediaimmediately.

    MSR Wednesday, 22 March 2017 10:53 AM

    So how do we know if the rice is poisons or not? Can someone educate us please?

    sobers Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:31 AM

    Tea contains chemical dye and mixture of rubbish, Tomato sauces are of essence from china mixed, vegetable oil is adulterated, Chicken hormone fed, ....... much and much more could be written. All these problems arise because of corrupt officials.

    Don Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:40 AM

    So whats the government doing about it If illegal drugs that kill people are raided and people who traffic them imprisoned. Why leave the poisoned rice issue up to consumers Shouldnt the government test and impound them for destruction via DM Android App

    lkboy Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:30 PM

    Don't talk nonsense. this is about the health of people.

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