A racket of releasing stocks of agri chemicals to the market with altered labels has been uncovered.
The special Monitoring Unit of the Consumer Affairs Authority has succeeded in uncovering this racket which was mooted by a Company in the Pannipitiya area. This company according to its wishes had printed a leaflet with instructions on all three languages for the issue of a stock of imported weedicide to the market stating 24 months as its effective period, without taking into account the production date.
More than 100,000 packets of this weedicide each containing 3.2 grams and produced during the years 2008 / 2009 had been seized. The production date on these packets had been mentioned as January 2010. It is reported that the value of the stock was in the region of five million rupees. The Consumer Affairs Authority is conducting further investigations on the advice of Minister Johnston Fernando.