Anchor, Maliban and Diamond milk powder off the shelves

2013-08-07 14:27:36

The Health Ministry today notified all milk powder suppliers whose products were suspected to contain dicyandiamide (DCD) to recall these stocks of milk powder from sales outlets with immediate effect and until further notice.

Following a decision taken by the Food Advisory Committee on Tuesday, Director General of Health Services Dr. Palitha Mahipala today requested Maliban, Fonterra and G.M Mohommad Ali and Company to remove their milk products, said ministry spokesman W.M.D Wanninayaka.

Meanwhile, the advertising of milk powder in print and electronic media and elsewhere has been banned until further notice.

Mr. Wanninayaka said that as tests conducted by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) had indicated the presence of DCD in random samples of milk powde5, the ministry had decided to stop the sale of the said milk powder until further notice.

The ITI has so far identified the presence of DCD in Anchor One Plus, Anchor Full Cream Milk Powder, Maliban Non-Fat Milk Powder and Diamond Milk. “The ministry has urgently called for the removal of these products immediately,” he said.

He added that ITI would conduct sample tests on other varieties of milk powder as well and that if any of them were found to be contaminated with DCD, companies would be asked to stop the sale of such items.

Meanwhile, the ministry has also taken a decision to take samples of milk powder from stocks stored in the ports and test them for the presence of Clostridium botulinum bacteria and to release milk powder stocks which did not test positive for the bacteria.

Food and supplements which contain high concentration of whey protein will be removed from the market and the sale of supplements which contain whey protein would be stopped with immediate effect, he said.

Samples of milk powder and supplements which contain large amounts of whey protein would be sent to the Medical Research Institute (MRI) to be tested for the presence of the Clostridium botulinum, he said.

All provincial and divisional Health Services directors, the Colombo Municipal Council’s Chief Medical Officer and the National Institute of Health Sciences have all been notified by way of a circular issued yesterday to ensure that the directives given are implemented with immediate effect (Olindhi Jayasundere)

  Comments - 27

  • Porky Pig Thursday, 8 August 2013 03:20

    It is no need to band these products. Soon with the increase of taxes to maintain the Jumbo Cabinet, these product ill be out of reach to the masses.

    Reply : 6       6

    ind Thursday, 8 August 2013 03:49

    OK, you go ahead with consuming.

    Reply : 2       8

    Porky Pig Thursday, 8 August 2013 04:20

    Would like to. No money, the reality.

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    nalaka Thursday, 8 August 2013 08:05

    learn to appreciate the good work

    Reply : 0       4

    Steve Collin Thursday, 8 August 2013 03:20

    Good Move...

    Reply : 1       6

    dias Thursday, 8 August 2013 03:34

    Sri-Lanka should stop importing any Milk Powder and Levy a extra Tax on Milk to increase the prices and by increasing the taxes benefit should go to producer. This can save lot of foreign exchange, control population increase, many more Jobs etc.

    Reply : 5       4

    raviraj Thursday, 8 August 2013 06:12

    "control population increase" by levying tax on milk powder????

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    PRASANNAJIT Thursday, 8 August 2013 10:07

    What an idiotic way of thinking. Control of population increase and creating jobs.

    Reply : 0       2

    Lakshmi Thursday, 8 August 2013 03:43

    At least from now onwards, start giving milk farmer a good price, increasing local production, and let Sri Lankans consume good quality milk products.

    Reply : 1       7

    ANTON Thursday, 8 August 2013 03:44


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    Madzy Thursday, 8 August 2013 04:24

    excellent move indeed.

    Reply : 2       3

    ANTON Thursday, 8 August 2013 04:33


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    bandara Thursday, 8 August 2013 05:50

    If only the government would act so decisively to stop arsenic laced insecticides and pesticies from entering the country too............ I smell something fishy here....

    Reply : 1       2

    Raam Thursday, 8 August 2013 06:59

    Will the companies pay compensation to us. We fed these stuff for years. finally consumer needs to accept what ever the changes happening in the market. If they say yes we drink, if they say no , we stop. Good one

    Reply : 0       1

    nihal Thursday, 8 August 2013 07:52

    yes I agree with your argument. There are ample of evidence to substantiate that these pesticides contribute to the CKD in difference districts including Anuradhapura and now spreading to other districts as well

    Reply : 1       0

    kaduthuda Thursday, 8 August 2013 07:57

    This what happens when we forget that we depend on others without focusing on our resources. This will continue to happen.

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    KaluSudhaSudha Thursday, 8 August 2013 08:24

    No probs, Most ppl cant afford milk powder these days due to cost of living!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply : 0       3

    sachi Thursday, 8 August 2013 08:24

    This will be a opportunity to improve the efficiency of local production. The attention is needed to improve the production, not for the benefit of Sri Lankan politicians who take the chance out of every issue.

    Reply : 0       0

    Jim Thursday, 8 August 2013 10:02

    I think it is also important to educate the general public by the Health Ministry or relevant authorities on type of sicknesses and possible symptoms.

    Reply : 0       1

    PRASANNAJIT Thursday, 8 August 2013 10:23

    For a long time govt wanted to stop importation of milk powder due to finance situation. Now they got the chance. .

    Reply : 3       0

    daya liyanagama Thursday, 8 August 2013 10:48

    at last

    Reply : 0       1

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 8 August 2013 11:11

    Bull shit.... don't mis direct people.... come on man.... come with the facts....

    Reply : 1       0

    Charith Thursday, 8 August 2013 17:02

    Now we cannot take a risk. It is so dangerous.
    No need to waste the time to decide which one is good.
    Cannot believe any one. For your own safety. stop drinking imported milk.
    When this happen farms and NLDB should come in to front
    and save our future generation.

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    dida Sunday, 11 August 2013 04:36


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    saman Friday, 9 August 2013 01:03

    It is high time that child bearing mothers are encouraged to produce more milk for their infants than depending on the imported polluted milk to make the child with characters bearing a "Haraka'

    Reply : 1       0

    dida Sunday, 11 August 2013 04:43

    Why not remove all these from all stores all over in Sri Lanka

    Reply : 0       0

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