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The All Island Canteen Owners’ Association (AICOA) along with the Lanka Self Employees’ Association yesterday said that imported rice which was unfit for human consumption that was sold for the purpose of animal food has been circulating in the market.

Addressing a media briefing its President Asela Sampath stressed that there is a rice shortage and a rice mafia can seen in the market.

“Canteen owners were forced to use this rice which is unfit to human use to protect their trade as they were less in price” He said. ‘If this expired rice cannot be removed from the market canteen owners have to face the circumstances. We would not bear the responsibility as we were pushed down to this situation by the Government. Ultimately the people would be the ones who suffer by this expired rice”, he said.

He further said that there are products in the market which are unfit for human consumption and they had to purchase them. He also mentioned that the matter is directly responsible by the Consumer Department and the officials attached to the department should immediately take measures to remove the expired rice from the market as soon as possible.

Adding his comments at the briefing Sunil Jayawardena, President of Lanka Self-Employees’ Association mentioned that the Agriculture Minister and the Government were responsible for the current matter. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

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  • faizal Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:51 AM

    wow what a pity. they had only seen imported rice unfit for human consumption. reason not given the commission. via DM Android App

    Manel Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:36 AM

    First time we hear about a "Self employees association". Who started this, the JO.

    Sene Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:37 AM

    Rice situation in the Market is grave with rice unfit for consumption now coming in at a lower prices and quality rice fit for consumption at high prices while paddy milling is at a lower speed. Failure to solve problems urgently create more problems, relevant Ministers are sleeping and govt. not coming forward to even find out what people are eating, what a sad situation!!!

    gobbaya Tuesday, 03 January 2017 06:56 AM

    dont we all know the elephant in the room when talking about the mafia.... via DM Android App

    VJ Tuesday, 03 January 2017 10:20 PM

    Looks like the situation has been created to benefit the rice mill owners?


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