Sale of controversial Basmathi rice suspended

Published : 8:15 am  June 6, 2017 | No comments so far |  | 

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By Thilanka Kanakarathna  
The sale and distribution 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.  

There was panic among the consumers due to a video that went viral on social media describing the subject rice as ‘Plastic Rice’ due to its several suspicious qualities.  


Mr. Tennakoon told the media that selling and distributing the suspicious imported rice has been completely halted through Lanka Sathosa outlets after he heard the rumors however, only 4 metric tonnes out of the 20 imported were left in the stores and the others had been sold  “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 in question,” he said.  


Meanwhile, Mr. Tennakoon said they will complain to the Crime Investigation Department (CID) to probe whether this issue was intentionally created to defame the Lanka Sathosa state retail super market chain.  He requested the public not to be misled by such baseless allegations as ‘Lanka Sathosa’ is always committed to give the best products at a lowest rate will also proved after the MRI report received.  

 

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