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Consumer Affairs Authority confiscates 150 MTs of Rice

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By Sarah Hannan The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) on Tuesday (6) confiscated a consignment of 150 metric tonnes (MT) of rice stocks that was transported to an animal feed production processing factory in Ekala, Ja-Ela. “Our team in the area was deployed following a tip-off we received over our hotline. Upon reaching the factory and following our team’s inspection of the 10 lorries that transported the rice stocks, it was revealed that the rice stocks had arrived from Polonnaruwa,” CAA Director of Consumer Affairs and Information Asela Bandara noted. The rice stocks were found to be still suitable for human consumption, which is why the CAA had swiftly acted to confiscate the stocks of rice that were to be processed for animal feed. CAA Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Shantha Dissanayake on 23 July 2020 issued an extraordinary gazette notification under gazette number 2185/67, prohibiting the purchase of rice or paddy suitable for human consumption to repurpose for animal feed or as an ingredient for the manufacture of animal feed. The directive reads as follows: “Consumer Affairs Authority Act No. 9 of 2003 direction under Section 10(1)(b)(ii), the Consumer Affairs Authority directs that no manufacturer, trader, or distributor shall sell, expose, or offer for sale, store, transport, distribute, or buy or purchase any locally produced rice or paddy directly for the manufacture of animal feed or otherwise as an ingredient for the manufacture of animal feed.”

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