The Health Ministry’s Food advisory Committee had made it compulsory for milk powder importers to obtain a certificate from a recognized Laboratory certifying that imported milk powder does not contain Dicyanamide (DCD), the Health Ministry said yesterday.
This transpired at a meeting held yesterday at the Health Ministry in the presence of Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Maheepala. The meeting was held on the instruction of Health Minister Mithripala Sirisena in response to several media reports on the quality of imported milk powder.
It was also decided to carry out tests on the quality of the milk powder at various stages by a recognised laboratory and to appoint a subcommittee to carry out further tests to check the presence of DCD.
The Health Ministry said no food items could contain harmful chemicals and if any were to be found such substances legal action would be taken against those concerned.