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Milk powder issue: Fonterra denies allegations

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Fonterra Brands Lanka today denied allegations of its products containing any adulterants such as pork fat or palm oil.

In a statement, Fonterra Brands Lanka said it was aware of misinformation that was recently shared in media reports quoting Parliament proceedings and said these claims are completely false.

“All of our milk powder products are safe and contain only what is listed on the ingredients label. Our milk powder meets the highest international food safety and quality standards and are independently tested by both the New Zealand and Sri Lanka government,” it said.

“Our products do not contain any of the alleged adulterants, such as pork fat or palm oil. In Sri Lanka the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA), The Industrial Technology Institute (ITI), The National Institute of Health Science (NIHS) and the Sri Lanka Standard Institute (SLSI), each carry out independent tests on the milk powder that we import into the country.

Therefore, our imports must follow Sri Lanka’s strict import clearance process before entering the country, which is enforced by these authorities.

As a food company, safety and quality is our highest priority and we have been delivering high quality and safe dairy nutrition to Sri Lankan consumers for over 40 years.

Each year milk powder from New Zealand undergoes over 6.6 million stringent quality tests across the supply chain and is certified by the New Zealand Government’s Ministry of Primary Industries.

We would also like to reiterate our commitment to Sri Lankan consumers and the wider dairy farming and business community. Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka is strongly committed to strict corporate governance policies and at all times operates ethically and within the laws of the country,” the statement said.

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  • Samantha Wednesday, 06 February 2019 11:01 PM

    The problem is we dont trust Sri Lankan based institutions and their credibility for kind of tests.All the tests including Government O/L and A/L examinations can be manipulated by anyone who have money.Therefore dont try to convince us or level those allegations by showing us the SL test results. Let s support them for further tests by International recognized institutions and cooperate with them to clear your name or vanished from our Country.

    Nick Thursday, 07 February 2019 06:33 AM

    Please check all the products from China as there were some food items which contains plastic

    Neil Friday, 08 February 2019 03:25 AM

    New Zealand has very high standards on quality of milk products and it is highly unlikely the allegations are true.

    Pream Madarasinghe Friday, 22 February 2019 12:22 PM

    Dear Neil, Kindly search New Zealand milk scandals web links to obtain 1st hand information on their high standards

    Chandana Samarasinghe Monday, 25 February 2019 04:00 PM

    supplier and the quality tester both are Zealand which is a conflict of interest . we can not accept those quality approvals done by the Zealand government.

    Mohamed Ghazni Ghouse Tuesday, 05 March 2019 08:55 PM

    Deutschland Milk powder contains palm oil its written on the package


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