Aug 23, Colombo: The ministerial sub-committee on milk powder has decided to take legal action against traders defying a ban on advertising and promoting imported milk powder in the island.
The ministerial sub-committee that met yesterday to look into the milk powder crisis has ordered the Consumer Protection Authority (CAA) to issue a special gazette notification over the ban.
According to an official of CAA, the special gazette notification banning the advertising of imported milk powder will be issued within a week.
After the gazette notification is issued, the companies that promote imported milk powder will be penalized, the official said.
It is reported that certain milk food companies are still engaged in propaganda via non-main stream media.
The sub-committee has also decided to order all milk powder traders to submit detailed accounts on the milk powder stocks imported between September 2012 and June 2013 to the Food Advisory Committee of the Health Ministry.
The Health Ministry however, noted that there is no ban on local dairy products which do not contain whey protein and such products should not be removed from the market.
Since the tests for the Dicyandiamide and bacteria causing botulism are still ongoing, the sub-committed has decided to continue enforcing the ban on advertising imported milk.