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Imported milk powder not healthy, Prez reiterates

17 February 2019 02:17 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


President Maitripala Sirisena said that consumption of some imported milk power, would not be healthy for the population, despite the claims of individuals attempting to defend allegations that what was sold as milk powder was a mixture of lactose and animal fats.

Addressing a ceremony on Friday to hand over the title deeds for plots of land to 10,000 farmers in Mahaweli Zones and to reward the farmers for their unstinted efforts to make the national food production campaign in 2018 a success, he said that milk powder importers should not be allowed to handle people’s health.

“Steps should be taken to boost liquid milk production in the country to resolve this issue,” he said.

“Today about 15 countries consume imported milk powder. It is sad that Sri Lanka is one of them. A health hazard caused by imported milk powder has been gathering momentum and it had been the focus of attention in the political circles.

“The Speaker had dispelled the fears of Parliamentarians and said that they were given liquid milk and not milk powder.

“Meanwhile the Minister of Health had refuted the allegations against imported milk powder. I had been Minister of Health for five years and I did not allow the multinational company owners to enter the gate of my house or the Ministry. I still uphold that policy. I must tell the truth no matter they hate me. Today, drug-traffickers, liquor traders, and pharmaceutical importers hate me,” the President said.(K.G.Karunaratne)

  Comments - 14

  • Monday, 18 February 2019 08:02 AM

    The people of the democratic republic of Sri Lanka also hates you!!!

    Public Monday, 18 February 2019 08:02 AM

    The people of the democratic republic of Sri Lanka also hates you!!!

    ShakeSpear Monday, 18 February 2019 08:09 AM

    Our great drug busting President will soon have a solution. He can sent to experts from my favorite "People Channel" to the "Middle of Town" get a solution.

    stephan Monday, 18 February 2019 08:35 AM

    Strong move... Keep it up..

    Yahiya Monday, 18 February 2019 09:15 AM

    Just talking never done anything.

    BuffaloaCitizen Monday, 18 February 2019 09:17 AM

    My father always told me to open my arse only when to shit and at all other times keep it shut and not to make an arse of myself.

    Common Citizen Monday, 18 February 2019 09:18 AM

    When he was the health ministry what are milk products that had been banned which is allowed now? I believe it is nothing !!!

    hello Monday, 18 February 2019 03:59 PM

    What are attempts taken to improve the production of local milk supply

    Najmun Zainudeen Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:10 AM

    Does he in the first place know how much this dearest country of ours is currently producing and whether that is sufficient for the whole country. Even if not how ready are we for same? Further First and foremost we must prove that the allegations on the imported milk powder are right?

    ajay Tuesday, 19 February 2019 08:41 AM

    who should interpret what he says now..people in the gallery, people upstairs, those who voted for him etc.

    Jude tissera Wednesday, 20 February 2019 11:58 AM

    President should think more and talk less , This way he will be able to have an analytical view and a more diplomatic approach to problem resolution, See what he did on Oct 26 2108, He is been advised or influenced by self centered idiots

    Mr. Wonderful Tuesday, 19 February 2019 09:55 PM

    Now MS is a doctor? First he was a cashew expert, then a constitutional expert now a doctor. This man needs his head examined.

    Sisira Wickramarathne Thursday, 21 February 2019 05:13 AM

    As long as I do not exercise, it is only illusion There is no other way than starting local milk production

    Massdeen Friday, 22 February 2019 04:54 AM

    Mr President you just talking only without any action or gain for this country, you only using your position as President just to globe throttle visiting every country with the tax payers money, please keep your mouth shut.

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