Aug 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka will continuously test all milk powder stocks imported to the country for the contamination with the agrochemical dicyandiamide (DCD) despite the assurance given by the New Zealand government that milk powder shipped after June 01 do not contain DCD.
During a high level discussion with the Sri Lankan government officials recently, representatives of the diplomatic corps of New Zealand have assured that all milk powder shipped to Sri Lanka from New Zealand from 1st June of this year do not contain DCD.
However, Sri Lanka's Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka addressing the media today said that tests will be carried out continuously to check whether the imported milk powder is contaminated with harmful chemicals.
He said the Industrial Technology Institute which conducts the tests for DCD in milk powder samples has supported the New Zealand's claim since no DCD was found in the seven stocks of milk powder the Instituted tested recently.
The Minister said however, the government is committed to provide the people with healthy food items and therefore tests will continue.
The Minister dismissed all allegations against the ITI and said that the Sri Lankan authority had all requisite accreditations recognized globally to test and repot on contaminations of this nature.
The Sri Lankan government Tuesday released the Fonterra milk powder stocks held at the Colombo Port after tests conducted on them found to be negative for dicyandiamide (DCD).