Sri Lanka rice second highest for toxic metal in 12-nation study: report

June 10, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has come second after Bangladesh for concentrations of cadmium in a listing of 12 countries where rice was tested for toxic metals, a media report said. Cadmium had been linked to a mysterious kidney disease of which the original are still not conclusively known (chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology – CKDu) which has become increasingly prevalent in Sri Lanka’s North Central Province and is spreading.

Sri Lanka’s The Sunday Times newspaper said the rice study was published in the ‘Environmental Science and Technology’ magazine of the American Chemical Society on May 13.

In addition to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh the study also included Cambodia, France, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Nepal, Spain, Thailand and the United States of America, with field studies in China as well.

The Sunday Times said samples of rice were taken from Padaviya, Medawachchiya, Kebitigollewa, Rambewa and Sripura and Parakramapura in the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa areas in Sri Lanak where CKDu is rampant.

In addition samples were also taken from several villages in Kamburupitiya in the Matara area and Ambalantota and Daragama in the Hambantota area wh