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Pesticide residue in Parliament ‘Kohila curry’

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All raw food including vegetables that is being brought to Parliament are to be subjected to extra scrutiny from today after it was found out that one curry which was to be served to MPs had been contaminated with pesticides.

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa ordered food tasters to check raw food stocks as well after yesterday’s incident.

According to informed sources chemical substances were found when the tasters checked the dhal and tender Kohila leaf curry. Later the raw Kohila was subjected to a test and it was confirmed that it contained some pesticides.

Though it was reported that the chemical was arsenic, Parliament Secretary General Dhammika Dassanayake said the chemical had not been identified yet. He said samples were sent to the government analyst for further investigations.

However Mr. Dassanayake said the curry was not sent to the table. A police team from Mirihana was called in to carry out initial investigations. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 53

  • Damith Sunday, 18 November 2012 08:09 AM

    As far as I know, pesticides are used to rid pests. In that context, it has been served in the right place. Our politicians are the pest of our society!

    senavi Sunday, 18 November 2012 01:50 AM

    these bunch of thieves are behaving like kings

    Nodrog Sunday, 18 November 2012 02:51 AM

    Let them also die a slow death like the rest of the population.

    ariyapala hewage Sunday, 18 November 2012 03:09 AM

    Who ate the cooked Kohila? destroyed? if destroyed it is a waste. if given to somebody to eat it is not wrong. The house must have adequate control procedure. The MPs and the ministers are special and different from the ordinary people who eats eats vegetable available in the market that includes pesticide.

    Fazli Sunday, 18 November 2012 03:34 AM

    Revolted : Thats what they are meant for !

    weha Sunday, 18 November 2012 04:23 AM

    I just realized that we spend a majority of our money and time to maintain 225. while the rest of the country is just starving.

    Lobo Sunday, 18 November 2012 04:58 AM

    A toxic dish for a noxious bunch of free-loaders. Anyway, why are they grumbling, they are getting the poison at subsidized rates?

    AZ Sunday, 18 November 2012 04:58 AM

    oh great! I'm glad that they serve the same food they do in public schools to the Parliament now! If this is not a step in the right direction by our leaders to understand the people's "issues," I don't know what is

    Lobo Sunday, 18 November 2012 05:11 AM

    These morons boast about being able to buy lamborghinis but still enjoy subsidized meals?

    A Chemist Sunday, 18 November 2012 05:10 AM

    As a chemist, I'm wondering how they identified arsenic or any other chemical so quickly. Even with state-of-art techniques, identification of chemicals take hours, if not days. On the other hand, how they know it is a pesticide if it is not identified? I believe that most of Sri Lankan foods are contaminate with pesticide, but it should be confirmed through proper scientific studies. And it should not be handled by people who don't have any scientific expertise in the field.

    shankar Sunday, 18 November 2012 06:20 AM

    What about the general public ?

    vitanage Sunday, 18 November 2012 07:14 AM

    At last, these guys are getting a taste of what we eat everyday. The pesicides will help the Laboghini drivers drive faster while we buddaginnie masses will die faster.

    Patriot Sunday, 18 November 2012 07:40 AM

    Another good one by Calistus. Wonder whether the brainless pests in the parliament will get it.

    Peter Sunday, 18 November 2012 07:55 AM

    They deserve nothing better than pure grass. Trust me nigher ants nor cockroaches will get there.

    modathilaka Sunday, 18 November 2012 01:40 AM

    well said Curiuos!!!!!
    They take every possible action to protect them but normal people eat contaminated vegitales everday without knowing they should pass laws to protect everybody not only ministers

    jayasoma Sunday, 18 November 2012 09:04 AM

    you will have to find out the reason for poisoning school children first , probable suspected cause is some act of extremist . investigation have to be focused in that direction also.

    Ken Sunday, 18 November 2012 09:37 AM

    can't agree more

    jay Sunday, 18 November 2012 10:00 AM

    Who will check what ordinary people are eating

    DIRK DE SILVA Sunday, 18 November 2012 10:04 AM


    Prof Wickramatillake Sunday, 18 November 2012 10:31 AM

    Pesticides are for pests. Environment and Consumer Affairs Minister should resign.

    meranchi Sunday, 18 November 2012 11:37 AM

    what about other people...? not worthy i thing....i

    Dave Sunday, 18 November 2012 12:57 PM

    Gentlemen? There are but a single handful of gentlemen in the SL parliament? All the others are threats to civilisation.

    GonAliya Sunday, 18 November 2012 01:27 PM

    We have them everyday. No one to complain. This shouldn't be a news article.

    shah Monday, 19 November 2012 03:53 AM

    well said....

    xlntgson Monday, 19 November 2012 04:20 AM

    Cool! Billions allocated for organic farming!

    Achcharu Monday, 19 November 2012 05:18 AM

    Investigations for the Pests, Arsenic for the Pple

    mahadenamuththa Monday, 19 November 2012 07:36 AM

    What a pritty Arsenic (As) case again

    Union Saturday, 17 November 2012 05:02 PM

    Well said. We eat garbage and you politicians too live a life like fellow Sri Lankans.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 17 November 2012 11:25 AM

    "Kohila" should be prescribed as a must on the Parliament daily menu to control the sudden anger of the MPs. Pesticides are a different issue : one might need that to control the pests in the parliament.

    Ken Saturday, 17 November 2012 11:38 AM

    Pesticides are the ideal curry, because they're PESTS....

    dev Saturday, 17 November 2012 11:56 AM

    What are the step you gentlemen have taken to ensure no children is fed with poisoned food at School?

    Ranjit Wicks Saturday, 17 November 2012 12:08 PM

    Now the parliamentarians are going to taste real life of poor people.

    Gee Saturday, 17 November 2012 03:09 PM

    Correct. Gradually extend random sampling throughout the country.

    kondebadapu china Saturday, 17 November 2012 03:15 PM

    MP's must purge not because contaminated food but because of majority of population is in starvation as they can afford only one meal for the day.

    Gamaraala Saturday, 17 November 2012 03:17 PM

    May we know how the contamination was detected and how the food is going to be tested in the future ?

    Revolted Saturday, 17 November 2012 03:21 PM

    What about ordinary people and the vegetables at the polas?

    Tharaka Chanaka Saturday, 17 November 2012 03:49 PM

    mervin should tie up the supplier

    rajiv Saturday, 17 November 2012 04:04 PM

    Oh pl dont kill our MP, they r our live killers, they should hv safe food so they should get the food tested by the canteen workers before its served to our Leaders.

    Curious Saturday, 17 November 2012 04:28 PM

    They are only concerned about the Parliament food and not the food for the rest of of the public.

    Kay Parker Saturday, 17 November 2012 04:45 PM

    Feed them GRASS

    Selwyn Saturday, 17 November 2012 11:25 AM

    Allocate Parlimentary Affairs to the Ministry of Defence/UDA to ensure safety etc., etc., etc.,

    Eneff Saturday, 17 November 2012 05:09 PM

    So all this time we were told there is no arsenic in our foods - must be some "foreign" hand ...

    ratawasiya Saturday, 17 November 2012 05:36 PM

    Api hamadama kanne owa thama .obathumalath 1ka dawasakwath kala balannakooo.Kanna bayanam udeta gedarin bath mulak badagena enna.Lankawe labetama kanna thiyena hodama thana oka.Parliment yana hamotama loku badawal enne othanin labeta kalane, dan kala balanna pita kadekin eka masayak.sure ekatama ohela padi wadikaragannawa.

    SudhuPancha Saturday, 17 November 2012 05:41 PM


    K. Jean Cottam, PHD Saturday, 17 November 2012 05:52 PM

    It is high time our parliamentarians educated themselves on the issue of pesticides. The chemical giants, such as Monsanto, are a menace to our health, especially to that of young children. Their self-serving studies are supposed to set the standard. Any independent study is usually branded by them as "junk science". Health Canada makes decisions about pesticides on the basis of data supplied by the chemical industry. In other words, it is not Parliament/Government but the chemical industry that truly impacts our health..

    Asitha Saturday, 17 November 2012 05:58 PM

    inter-national conspircy...Selwin's comment should be seriously considered...Fools, they might actually do it.. should not joke about these things...

    Fazli Saturday, 17 November 2012 06:28 PM

    Dev : Thats a million dollar question for which obviously no answer

    Revolted Saturday, 17 November 2012 06:40 PM

    If the food tasters die....?

    Channa Saturday, 17 November 2012 06:40 PM

    Thanks God. Now the politicians who denied the allegation that containing of banned substances in pesticides imported to Sri Lanka (to safeguard the multinational importing companies) have the opportunity to experience by themselves. Jaya wewa!!!

    Nuzrath Anver Saturday, 17 November 2012 06:57 PM

    What about ordinary people's food and poor farmers. Who is going to do a health check. Stop giving chemical fertilizer and give them green solutions.

    patriot Saturday, 17 November 2012 07:46 PM

    Parliamentarians get pesticide free vegetables but the rest will have no such luck.

    lucky Saturday, 17 November 2012 09:08 PM

    Pesticide for the pests!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    truth Saturday, 17 November 2012 11:04 PM

    Someone must have done some research and found a cure for the "parliamentarisis"

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