State Minister Shasheendra Rajapaksa says an agreement has been reached to re-examine the fertiliser imported from China that was rejected after it was confirmed that it contained harmful bacteria.
Speaking at an event in Colombo today, State Minister Rajapaksa said the request was made to refer the organic fertiliser to an institution that is acceptable to both parties, to re-examine and reach a final decision.
The State Minister said the Chinese firm informed that the tests conducted at local laboratories cannot be accepted as the labs were not accredited.
He claimed the Chinese firm produces fertiliser for 16 leading countries including the United States, Australia, and Canada.
State Minister Rajapaksa said the ship was asked to turn away without unloading the fertiliser consignment.