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The Technology and Research Ministry today revealed that a harmful chemical identified as DCD (dicyandiamide) is found in four varieties of imported milk powder available in the market today.

Technology and Research Ministry Media Secretary Dhanushka Ramanayake in a media statement said that DCD was found in four brands of imported milk powder but DCD was not contained in locally manufactured milk powder products.

“The Industrial Technology Institution has conducted investigations to check whether DCD was found in popular milk powder brands that are available in the market. Following these investigations, it was revealed that DCD was found in four imported milk powder brands. During these tests, two local brands were also tested, but they were proved to be free of this chemical,” Ramanayake said.

The statement quoted researchers as saying that milk powders that contain DCD were not fit for human consumption and that DCD could not be contained in milk powder.

Ramanayake also said in the media statement that the Industrial Technology Institution had submitted reports on the final results of the investigations to the authorities of the Consumer Affairs Authority, Health Ministry and the Customs for scrutiny. (Jayashika Padmasiri)
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  • Nisal Saturday, 27 July 2013 03:27 PM

    whether is a Govt. attempt to mitigate the importing of Milk Powder or not, it's better to use Fresh Milk as much as possible since it's proven that it has far more advantages than the Powder form...

    Tube light Friday, 26 July 2013 04:10 PM

    Why keeping the tongue in the cheek? Name the four brands if you can! Can a press secretary be so irresponsible?

    Porky Pig Friday, 26 July 2013 04:13 PM

    Ha, just a screen to stop import of milk powder as there is lack of foreign exchange.

    Shifaz Saturday, 27 July 2013 07:15 AM

    In September 2012, this same chemical was found in Fonterra products in New Zealand. A very small amount. People thought it was dangerous to health. The Government of New Zealand declared it does not affect health and there are no problems with it. Search the chemical in Wikipedia. As usual they're trying to make mess here.

    malcolm x Saturday, 27 July 2013 04:07 PM

    Its like putting the horse before the cart if you notice,they haven't revealed anything up to now we even don't know the brand names of these milk powder yet.So much for revealing.

    Sanjeeva Friday, 26 July 2013 04:29 PM

    May we please know the names of the culprits in the best interest of consumers ?

    Ryan Saturday, 27 July 2013 04:16 PM

    you know chinese fonterra company got bankrupt for melamine

    bandara Friday, 26 July 2013 04:42 PM

    why dont you public the names of those brands?is it correct?

    Rahu Saturday, 27 July 2013 04:39 PM

    As a precaution of the public what can't you published the brand name

    piss Saturday, 27 July 2013 04:43 PM

    WHAT ARE THOSE 4 BRANDS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>??????????????????????*******************************8&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&5

    Josh Sunday, 28 July 2013 08:10 AM

    is the "family" going to start a milk powder business??? out of no where these revelations are being made now??

    ILham Friday, 26 July 2013 05:41 PM

    What ever milk powder that's imported to sri lanka is also imported by other countries. Is Sri Lanka Way ahead from those countries with the technology and expertise to identify such? I highly doubt it. This is international news not just local. Its another way to gain capital for the government by discouraging imported (GOOD QUALITY) products...

    Ravi Sunday, 28 July 2013 08:22 AM

    Only other reason could be not enough dollars to import milk powder...

    Richard Saturday, 27 July 2013 05:37 PM

    Ando, what you don't get is milk powder imported is already being screened by many dept as I mentioned. These depts charge massive fees for such screening and survive on these fees. How is is that now only T&R (a ministry now involved in such testing) have found harmful chemicals? You also should not be naive, a certain New Zealand company recently was accused of selling similar powder but now everything is hunky dory; why? Is someone twisting someones arm for money?

    Sri lankan bull Monday, 29 July 2013 06:50 AM

    summery of the above is many people like imported Powdered milk with DCD. how nice.

    Ghaz Sunday, 28 July 2013 12:00 AM

    please name them. as consumers we need to know via DM Android App

    Ranjan Sunday, 28 July 2013 05:46 PM

    Name the four brands of Milk powder containing the DCD

    mad man Monday, 29 July 2013 12:00 AM

    May be highland is to be sold to the Chinese .....

    Nishantha Saturday, 27 July 2013 04:52 AM

    Non of the developed countries use powdered milk. Compared to the countries using powdered milk Sri Lanka is well ahead and we should be proud of it

    Habeeb Saturday, 27 July 2013 04:54 AM

    Dear readers.... There many more dangerous chemical has been mixed in many food items. this started since the end of world war two. One reason is to reduce the life of human, so then British government can save pension money. Every child is born to live more than 90 years. But the life period is reduced because of many chemicals mixed with food items. So called humanly scientists will keep their mouth shut, as far they are being paid well..... Hope some one will do a research and make this public... if you really love mankind.

    Road Runner Sunday, 28 July 2013 01:20 AM

    Please can you supply fresh milk? In SL milk powder available freely.

    raj Saturday, 27 July 2013 05:21 AM

    Only 3rd World countries use milk powder. There are no milk powder sold in the USA.

    CROW Saturday, 27 July 2013 05:31 AM

    VERY VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION .

    Muniwara Sunday, 28 July 2013 02:23 AM

    I think they can segregate the product as high quality and low quality according to the area they export. Like some companies exporting same vehicle in different condition for different countries

    Ando Saturday, 27 July 2013 05:35 AM

    Richard, please slow down. You sound like a person attached to such milk powder companies. Please appreciate that they have revealed something important to the masses including you (I assume that you also drink this poisonous powders).

    raspi Sunday, 28 July 2013 02:27 AM

    There is something very wrong with this. I'm pretty sure other countries also use the same milk. specially more developed countries which have better food safety policies than our one. so why don't they complain?as you say looks like someone wants to put up a milk powder factory. besides won't be difficult since we have enough cows here :P

    crick Sunday, 28 July 2013 03:06 AM

    which means they are not Halal.

    Nihal De Silva Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:13 AM

    Srilankans get used to Liquid Milk.

    Pat hum Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:29 AM

    None of the developed countries consume powdered milk. It is not even sold there. They preserve their excess milk into milk powder which is far inferior than the fresh thing and dump it on all third world countries. Those living here believe that powdered milk is superior to the fresh thing spend so much and buy the milk powder. Good marketing by those multi national companies.

    Dinesh Saturday, 27 July 2013 01:31 PM

    Ando...get a MRI scan of your brain...that is if you have one.....

    sss Saturday, 27 July 2013 01:33 PM

    It says poison is counteract by another poison - considering the poor air quality due to our overloaded roads (imports using housemaid dollars) there should be no concern

    Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:31 AM

    Are we the only country in the world that has found a problem with these unnamed mllk powders? Problem more with contaminated politicians.

    Achchcaru Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:34 AM

    Funny thing si they never reveal these names. Not for Milk powder, not for Fertilizer. Concrete finding (done with our money) should be made public, so we dont have to continue poisenning ourselves, and so that even the companies mayhave a chance refute and proove themselves. Who are they protecting, and at what cost (price) ??

    Suq Madique Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:35 AM

    Come on and name the offenders or else we'll know this is just another tall story to divert attention from something else.

    DHA Friday, 26 July 2013 03:18 PM

    After so many years now your telling DCD is in Milk Powder products ???....Planing on opening "MR Milk Foods (Pvt) Ltd"...???

    mada Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:15 PM

    why not ban them

    subash Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:41 AM

    Why don't you reveal the names of those brands.

    Appu Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:25 PM

    Utter rubbish friend. Developed countries too use powedered milk. But they have strong FDA.

    Richard Friday, 26 July 2013 03:28 PM

    Why is T&R ministry getting involved when SLSI is the authority is able to test and approve milk powder? all these loss making authorities are now putting their two cents so they can charge the importer by asking them to obtain clearance through them also. As it is SLSI, AEA, Ministry of Health and ITI are getting paid for every import of milk powder.
    Doesn't T&R ministry have anything to report on GOVT imported low quality drugs, petrol, rice with injurious chemicals, etc?

    Consumer Saturday, 27 July 2013 06:50 AM

    Consumers have the right to know.

    Pathirana Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:43 PM

    Your knowledge on USA is very poor. There are plenty of powdered milk brands sold there.

    Also, it doesn't matter whether the milk is in powdered form or in liquid form - DCD is contained in the milk itself, and is not a product of the powdering/packaging process.

    Pathirana Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:44 PM

    Again, powdered milk is available for sale in every developed country of the world.

    flipper Friday, 26 July 2013 03:35 PM

    Political Marketing


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