Aug 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has accused some private dairy companies of trying to use country's children as 'guinea pigs' for dicyandiamide (DCD) testing.
Addressing the media yesterday, the Minister refuted the allegation that the Industrial Technological Institute (ITI) is not capable of conducting tests for DCD. He said the Institute is capable of conducting the tests but previously it didn't have the necessary standard chemicals to determine DCD in powdered milk.
"No private company can say that DCD is safe and that there's no harm in it. If they say so, they can market their products elsewhere. In addition, misleading advertisements about how certain milk powders can prevent osteoporosis and strengthen bones should also be limited as they are extremely misleading," Ranawaka told media.
The Minister has expressed his gratitude to the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) for conducting awareness campaigns to make the public aware of contaminants in powdered milk.