Sept 17, Colombo: Sri Lanka Ministry of Health has decided to continue the tests for the agrochemical dicyandiamide (DCD) in imported milk powder.
The Food Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Health has instructed the relevant authorities to carry out the tests for DCD before the imported milk powder stocks are released to the market.
This decision was taken at a review meeting held between the Health Minister and the Food Advisory Committee, the Ministry of Health said.
The New Zealand government has assured that milk powder stocks shipped after June 01 do not contain DCD. New Zealand's dairy products manufacturer, Fonterra is the main supplier of milk powder to Sri Lanka.
The Ministry has also focused on improving the facilities in the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) to carry out the tests on the content of DCD in milk powder.
After the ITI found that two batches of Fonterra's anchor brand milk powder contained traces of DCD in the samples, the Health Ministry banned the sale, distribution and promotion of imported milk powder until further notice,
Fonterra strongly disputed the test results saying that ITI did not have the proper equipment to test for DCD.
The Cabinet last month recommended purchasing a Liquid Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer (LC/MS/MS) for the ITI due to the claim by the New Zealand scientists that that ITI did not have the right equipment.
Meanwhile, the Fonterra Company that temporarily suspended the operations in Sri Lanka has launched its publicity drive again in media resuming the marketing of the New Zealand made milk powder brands.