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Taking stock of rice woes

SPECIAL REPORT: Warehouse tour turns up sorry tale of pigeon droppings, grime and insect infestations

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The rusted metal door rolls upward with a groan, as if reluctant to give up its secrets. The light rays entering the dark cavern flicker with haze and dust mites, and our nostrils wrinkle from the musky odours that assault our senses. 

Photos, reports and rumours about conditions in rice warehouses have been common in the past few months, sparking fears of problems in the supply chain. (Bangkok Post file photo)

Before us is a giant mountain of rice sacks, akin to a dragon's hoard of gold beneath a mythical cavern. There is movement within the mountain, as loose rice grains roll here and there from the pull of gravity.

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