Aug 28, Colombo: The New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra announced that it has decided resume operations from today.
A Fonterra spokesperson has told Reuters that the factory in Sri Lanka resumed operations on Wednesday.
The dairy producer temporarily closed its Sri Lanka factory in Biyagama last Friday (August 23) as a precautionary measure and asked the workers to stay at home after demonstrators protested against Fonterra products in front of the main factory on Thursday.
Chief Executive Officer of Fonterra Theo Spierings said the temporary suspension is a precautionary measure to ensure the 755 people working in its factory are safe.
Earlier a Sri Lankan court banned Fonterra from selling, advertising or promoting and distributing its products after tests conducted on two brands found that the imported milk powder stocks were contaminated with the agrochemical dicyandiamide.
Although the court lifted the ban on Friday, the dairy giant decided to suspend operations because of the unstable situation after protesters demonstrated at its plant in Biyagama previous day.
The health authorities meanwhile certified that another seven stocks held up at the Customs did not contain DCD and allowed its release to the markets.