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* Inquiry into the SLSI DG’s statement on aflatoxin in food items
Tue, Apr 6, 2021, 08:30 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 06, Colombo: Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said an inquiry will be held in the future regarding the controversial statement made by the Director General of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) Dr Siddhika Senaratne on food items that may contain aflatoxins.

At the cabinet decisions media briefing today, Minister Rambukwella mentioned that the government expects to discuss with the officials of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution regarding the statement made by the Director General of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution and take necessary actions in that regard.

In an interview with Hiru TV, Dr. Senaratne has noted that apart from coconut oil, many other food items in the country contain the carcinogen aflatoxin.

She said that revealing the names of those products could lead to a collapse of local producers of such items. However, she added that the Consumer Affairs Authority is informed of such products to take action.

It has been reported that a civil organization has lodged a complaint with the CID seeking legal action against the statement made by the SLSI Director General for concealing information and endangering people’s lives.


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