Aug 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health said today that tests conducted on samples of 12 imported milk powder stocks have confirmed that they are free of the toxic agrochemical dicyandiamide (DCD) and the botulism causing bacteria clostridium botulinum.
The Ministry said 12 samples of milk powder, eight of which were infant milk powder were tested at the Industrial Technological Institute (ITI) for DCD and at the Medical Research Institute (MRI) for botulism causing bacteria and none of them found to contain any the harmful agents in the samples.
Under the instructions of the Food Advisory Committee headed by the Director General of Health, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, the milk powder stocks imported by Fonterra Brands Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., Maliban Milk Products and Life Search (Pvt) Ltd were tested.
Accordingly, the Ministry has approved the release and sale of the 12 milk powder stocks imported by Maliban Milk Products Ltd., and by Fonterra Brands Lanka Ltd.
The Ministry has also permitted Nestle (Pvt) Ltd. to produce Milo using the whey protein made from local milk supplies.