Some 5,000 packets of pet food have been distributed among tsunami victims in Hambantota by an NGO. Most of the displaced persons had not consumed it as they had seen the illustrations of cats and dogs on the cover. But those who consumed the food had been taken ill with complaints of nausea and diarrhoea.
Hambantota`s Chief Public Health Inspector I. Liyanage said they had seized the remaining stocks and taken steps to warn the people.
Public Health Inspector S. Jinasiri said they had contacted the manufacturing company and were told that the food was not harmful if consumed by humans. Urban Council Chairman D.A. Gamini said problems such as this could be avoided if relief operations were carried out through either the divisional sectary or the UC.