‘Enough salt available, no need to panic’ | Daily News
Production will not be affected due to ship mishap:

‘Enough salt available, no need to panic’

Salt harvesting in Hambantota.
Salt harvesting in Hambantota.

Ceylon Salt Company Hambantota Chairman Nishantha Sadabarana said any chemicals floating in seawater after the MV X-Press Pearl mishap will not affect the production of salt whatsoever. He also insisted that there was no shortage of salt in the country and said there was no need for panic buying on rumours of a shortage.

It was reported that consumers had purchased more salt with rumors stating that the fire on the distressed vessel would affect salt production in the country. He also noted that no matter what chemical is mixed in seawater due to the shipwreck or the fire, all the unwanted chemicals are removed by the high heat of evaporation in salt production.

“The remaining sodium chloride alone is used for the production of salt so that it does not contain anything unfit for human consumption. Even now, seawater contains many different chemicals. Not only by this ship but also by other means various acids and chemicals are contained in sea water and Chairman Sandabarana said it was possible to extract all that by evaporation.


People buying salt in excessive quantities

H.L.Sunil Shantha, Kalutara central special corr.

People in many parts of the country including the Kalutara district have started buying salt in large quantities following the rumour of possible sea water contamination after a ship carrying chemicals caught fire in the seas off the Colombo port.

Many shop keepers in Kalutara said yesterday that customers have started storing packets of salts in an unprecedented way in fear of possible scarcity following the mishap on board of the ship.

Consumers complained that many boutiques at village level are in the practice of hoarding salt stocks expecting a price hike due to the demand.