Authorities refute poisoned rice imports claim

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Acting Registrar of Pesticides, Lasantha Ratnaweera, said claims that poisoned rice was imported are completely false and baseless, and that no such research has been conducted by the Office of the Registrar of Pesticides since January of this year.

In a press release from the President Media Division, Ratnaweera said the reports claiming that poisoned rice was imported to Sri Lanka have prepared using a report related to a research conducted in 2017, but even so, the contents are also flawed.

Expressing his views in this regard, Ratnaweera further said that the results of a report mentioned in the article is that of research done in 2017 on 68 samples from the Kandy area. However, he pointed out that the research information has also been wrongly reported, as heavy metals usually exist in small quantities, they are measured in tenths of a thousandths. But these reports have stated that the amounts are in percentages.

The Acting Registrar General of Pesticides said that there is no way of finding a method of measuring heavy metals in percentages anywhere in the world and it is not practical. He noted that the research report has been reported without proper study and this can lead to public unrest by highlighting wrong and false information.

He also said that if this does not apply to the rice tested from January 2022, there is no basis for such reporting.