The distribution and selling of the controversial consignment of 'Basmathi' rice imported from Pakistan has been suspended with immediate effect, Lanka Sathosa Chairman T. M. K. B. Tennekoon said.
Panic made among the consumers due to a video went viral on social network news describing the subject rice as ‘Plastic Rice’ due to its several suspicious qualities.
Addressing a press briefing Mr. Tennakoon said selling and distribution of the Basmathi imported rice has been completely halted through the Lanka Sathosa outlets after he heard the rumors however, only 4 metric tons out of 20 imported left in the stores and the others has been already disposed.
“We will send the suspicious rice sample to Medical Research Institute (MRI) today and it will take minimum two weeks period to receive the report. Until then we will not sell the 'Basmathi' rice imported from Pakistan,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Tennakoon said they will complain to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to probe weather this issue was an intentionally created to defame the Lanka Sathosa state retail super market chain. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
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Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:08 AM
The tax payer pockets out for this like many other decisions including the mega petroleum deal where those who filled their pockets are never held responsible and freely roaming within the country and abroad/
lkboy Tuesday, 06 June 2017 10:36 AM
Why couldnt they check the quality before it came?
nick Monday, 05 June 2017 09:23 PM
indirectly ur agreeing its maybe plastic find out first who gave the order of this rubbish rice & how much commissions he took via DM Android App
Mewan Monday, 05 June 2017 09:40 PM
Sri Lanka is a well known destination for spurious and expired food products. Sadly nothing has been done.
ANTON Monday, 05 June 2017 09:49 PM
THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE TEST FOR THIS, PUT A HANDFUL OF RICE INTO A BUCKET OF WATER, IF IT FLOATS ON THE WATER IT IS PLASTIC.
Godaya Monday, 05 June 2017 10:11 PM
Why MRI ? This is not a medical issue. SLStandards Institute is better equipped for this types of tasks.
Upul Monday, 05 June 2017 10:51 PM
So, until the youtube video, SATHOSA was sleeping??Who ordered this crap and who collected the commission on it? Follow the money, and the CID will find the culprits...if the CID does not get a cut, to begin with!
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