Sept 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has released the stocks of imported whey protein after the tests conducted by the Medical Research Institute (MRI) found the stocks were negative for the botulism causing bacteria.
The Food Advisory Committee of the Health Ministry has decided to release the food stocks containing whey protein after the tests conducted by the MRI on 104 dairy product samples had established that the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum was not present in the samples of locally marketed whey protein enriched foods with a high concentration of WPC 80.
"The samples, which were inspected by the Medical Research Institute (MRI), did not contain Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. Therefore the Food Advisory Committee (FAC) has decided to release the stocks of products," the Health Ministry said in a statement.
After the New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra announced that the botulism-causing bacteria were found in their dairy food products containing whey protein, Sri Lanka Health Ministry apprehended the dairy food stocks imported from Fonterra and held them from market.
It is also not necessary to paste a special label on the goods, to indicate on the absence of the bacteria, as requested earlier.
Sri Lanka's Health Ministry last month banned the sales of 39 metric tons of Fonterra's milk powder in two batches after tests conducted within the country found traces of agrochemical dicyandiamide (DCD) in the batches tested.
The finding of DCD in milk powder samples set off public protests against Fonterra and the dairy producer temporarily suspended its operations in Sri Lanka.