Harmful substances in imported milk powder - Buddhika sticks to what he said

9 February 2019 08:11 am - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana reconfirmed his statement that imported milk powder contains harmful substances and said yesterday health ministry officials had misled Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne on this matter.

He said this in parliament in response to a statement made by the health minister that imported milk powder did not contain any harmful substances as claimed by the deputy minister.

The deputy minister said he revealed these facts about milk powder based on complaints received by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) and the deputy minister's office.

He said the health ministry together with the World Health Organisation(WHO) had put up a notice saying that drinking milk powder leads to 21 diseases and proved that it was not he who had made a false statement but the the health ministry officials who provided wrong information to the health minister.

The deputy minister said a former health ministry secretary held a top post at a milk importing company and said there was the possibility of unduly influencing health ministry officials with regard to investigations.

He urged the Speaker to appoint a Parliament Select Committee as requested by some MPs to investigate the complaints received by CAA and his office and decide on the action that needed to be taken.

The deputy minister requested the finance minister to allocate funds from the next budget to purchase technical equipment to test the sugar content in food, harmful substances in drinking water and imported milk. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 6

  • Jigsaw Jakson Saturday, 09 February 2019 02:06 PM

    Best not create problems for the 100%cows milk powder importer as their is a Foot and Mouth outbreak affecting some parts of the country resulting in a drop in local fresh milk supply all imported milk imported milk powder is checked by the MRI and than released to the market it is the milk based beverages,that are fortified more than 65% with additives(E components) that cause hyperactivity in children.so if your Milk powder has E components listed in the composition stay away from such and don't be fooled by TV commercials and media circuses .

    suresh Saturday, 09 February 2019 05:44 PM

    that is good suggestion Mr. Buddhika,99% officer under the company . there is one and only speaks about

    SP.Guna Saturday, 09 February 2019 08:23 PM

    however the dought on the imported milk came to the people also. there for a investigation is must over these matter and should revealed to the public is it true or not. otherwise public would not trust any other imported milk.

    dasa Sunday, 10 February 2019 08:01 AM

    If this claims are true people will be with you Buddhika.

    Jayanath Monday, 11 February 2019 08:57 AM

    I did not take powdered milk for at least last thirty years. I never let anyone to give that shit to my daughter from birth. The result is I am all healthy and my daughter is the top scorer in the school.Don’t take powdered milk which is produced by west with food waste mixed with some milk. Then your child will not say umbaa like this minister!

    Don Tuesday, 12 February 2019 10:08 AM

    Everything under the sun is harmful. Anything could turn back to cause dangerous Carcinomas. We are evolved as carnivorous and when convert into pure vegetarians some would show signs and symptoms of severe Anaemia and some could die due to acquired Leukaemia.


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