Chinese fertilizer company issues letter of demand for US$ 8 million in three days for alleged improper rejection
Posted on November 7th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia

Colombo, November 7 (News 1st):  Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group Co., Ltd., the Chinese Organic Fertilizer Manufacturer has sent a Letter of Demand (LOD) to the National Plant Quarantine Service. The Letter of Demand, seen by News 1st., says that Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group Co., Ltd., has suffered significant loss and damage in a sum of US$ 8 Million and continues to suffer further loss and damage due to loss of reputation and goodwill as well as existing and potential business, due to the negligent conduct of the Nationak Plant Quarantine Service.

The LOD noted that the NPQS make a payment of US$ 8 Million within 3 days from the date hereof for the loss and damage caused to Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group Co., Ltd.

However, the Director General of Agriculture Dr. Ajantha De SIlva told Exclusively to News 1st that no such Letter of Demand was received.

The Chinese Organic Fertilizer manufacturer Qingdao Seawin Biotech Group Co., LTD says in a statement: It is incomprehensible that Sri Lanka has does not honor the contracts and mislead its people with false test results at a time of soaring global fertilizer prices and shortage.”

It added that the raw materials used in the organic fertilizer which it exported to Sri Lanka are humic acid, amino acid, seaweed, and that these raw materials themselves do not contain Erwinia, adding that they are very safe and high-efficiency organic fertilizer.

Quindao Seawin Biotech states that the false report that a Chinese company exported organic fertilizer containing harmful microorganisms to Sri Lanka misled many people and consumers who don’t not know the truth, and caused a great obstacle to fair trade of export enterprise”

The company states that what the media and National Plant Quarantine Service officials disclosed that the products contained Erwinia, is not consistent with the facts, and that it is a serious smear behavior.”

The company goes on to note that the production process of this organic fertilizer that was exported, includes a necessary process of high-temperature sterilization at 600℃ for 20 min.

It adds that the lethal condition of the detected Erwinia is 45-50℃, and can be completely eliminated in 10 mins.

Therefore, after 20 minutes of sterilization process at 600℃, it is impossible for any form Erwinia to remain in the organic fertilizer.

The statement went on to note that the organic fertilizer exported this time has passed the test of the third-party testing company designated by SLSI (Sri Lankan Standards Institution). It added that however, the importer has not applied for the import permit certificate.

Besides, the plant quarantine certificate issued by the Chinese Customs has also clearly stated that the plant products have been inspected and/or tested according to appropriate procedures and are considered to be free from quarantine pests specified by the importing country/region.

In addition the company said the technical Center of Qingdao Customs of Qingdao also tested this batch of products on the 2nd of October, and the results also shows that there is no Erwinia.

The statement read that the enterprise has passed the ISO9000, and the series of products have passed the ECCERT and OMRI organic certification.

It added that the it is one of the top ten organic fertilizer brands in China, and it has been exported to more than 50 countries without any complaint or punishment in more than 20 years.

The Chinese company repeatedly proposed to entrust a third-party global qualified testing institute to re-test the products. However, the statement read that still there is no response from the importer.

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