Food industry additive found in river

SEREMBAN: The preliminary analysis of samples taken from the location of the source of pollution in Sungai Batang Benar, Nilai, found that it was due to an organic compound known as dimethyl disulfide.

Negri Sembilan Health, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism Action Committee chairman S. Veerapan said the result, obtained on Saturday was from the analysis of five soil samples taken in a bush near Jalan Emas, Nilai Industrial Area, which was the source of pollution in the river.

He said dimethyl disulfide was an organic compound commonly used as an additive in the food industry and also used as a catalyst in the petrochemical industry.

“Although information has been obtained from the investigation that was conducted, the Negri Sembilan Environment Department (DOE) is still examining all the facts of the case before a conclusion can be made, ” he said here yesterday.

He said this when asked on the progress of the investigation on the cause of the pollution which stalled the water treatment plants in Sungai Semenyih and Bukit Tampoi in Selangor. — Bernama

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