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Minister of cooperatives and Internal Trade Johnston Fernando yesterday directed the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to obtain samples of all milk powder imported into the country and have them tested in three countries and obtain the relevant reports.

CAA Chairman Rumi Marzook said that he had been instructed by the minister to call for a report on milk samples brought from abroad after the Food Advisory Committee had also recommended that imported milk be tested for substances that were harmful to humans.

The testing, that commenced yesterday, had become necessary after reports that Dicyandiamide (DCD), a chemical substance harmful to humans, had been found in imported milk powder. It was noted that a similar situation had arisen earlier and that tests had been carried out and reports submitted to the health ministry on that occasion too.

Earlier the health ministry said that, the 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 did not contain Dicyanamide (DCD).

The meeting was held on Tuesday (14) at the Health Ministry in the presence of Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Maheepala on the instructions of Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena after several media reports indicated that imported milk powder contained a substance that was harmful to humans. (Mahinda Nissanka)

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  • Yapa Friday, 17 May 2013 12:59 AM

    It is better to start analyzing in Sri Lanka.Request WHO to lay standards for DCD in different food categories.What is happening today is blind leading blind.Health Ministry should be more scientific in dealing with food safety issues.

    ANTON Friday, 17 May 2013 01:58 AM

    WHAT ABOUT THE MILK POWDER WE ARE USING NOW. WE ALSO TO BE SENT TO THREE COUNTRIES FOR EXAMINATIONS.

    John Friday, 17 May 2013 02:54 AM

    Does this mean that we do not even have basic safeguards to protect consumers' health on everyday products?

    නිර්නාමික Friday, 17 May 2013 03:13 AM

    ඇයි අපට අපේ පරීකෂනා ගාර වල වශ්වාසය නැත්තෙ?

    sss Friday, 17 May 2013 04:26 AM

    this has already been analyzed in Singapore and the results may not be to the liking of the government

    ZOUARI ORNA Friday, 17 May 2013 06:37 AM

    I proposed to establish 10 dairies. Investment of 170 million. Cooperation project with the army.
    Please ask the minister of L.S why he did not want to?
    Affairs contrast between fresh milk milk powder.
    HON MINISTER FERNANDO WHY YOU ARE SO PATRIOT OF YOUR COUNTRY AND HON MINISTER OF HEALTH NOT PROPOSE IT TO DRINK FRESH MILK AND TO START TO DO MY PROJECT IMMD TO BE INDEPENDENCE TO PRODUCE FRESH MILK?

    Malkanthi Silva Friday, 17 May 2013 07:18 AM

    In developed countries, you cannot find milk powder for adults. Only a limited number of infant formula available.

    Kiwi Friday, 17 May 2013 07:58 AM

    Lankaawe hungak minisunwa mudalata ganna puluwan kiyala ahala nedda?

    RamUK Friday, 17 May 2013 08:16 AM

    yes good one ...

    Achcharu Friday, 17 May 2013 09:38 AM

    Arsenic pohora wala naha kiyala passe kiwwe wenda puluwan kiyala. Ethakota baala petrol kiyala IOC baala deisal vikinuwe. Why else is it dragging since April?


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