The National Movement for Consumer Rights Protection (NMCRP) alleged that imported rice declared unsuitable for human consumption by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce was being resold to the consumer market.

The Ministry had sold this rice off as animal feed instead, Chairman of the NMCRP, Ranjith Withanage said.

He added that the individuals who had purchased these stocks had subsequently made the said rice available in the market to consumers instead of using the purchased quantities as and for animal feed.

“Large stocks of rice, unfit for human consumption are thus now available for sale to be bought in the market. The Government should look into the matter urgently. We demand that those responsible be identified and brought to book immediately,” he remarked.