Withdrawn milk powder stored in warehouses

No orders to destroy it

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Certain batches of Fonterra milk products withdrawn from the market have been stored in warehouses, according to the company.

A senior Health Ministry spokesman told The Island that under no circumstance should such products ever reach the market again. The Ministry had instructed Fonterra, Maliban and Diamond to withdraw the tainted packets of milk powder from the market, the official said.

Fonterra Managing Director Leon Clement yesterday said that on the instructions of the Director General of Health Services the company had withdrawn its milk products containing the particular batch numbers from the market. But, the Health Ministry had not issued instructions to destroy the products. Clement said that the Health Ministry’s Food and Drug Authority officially had asked Fonterra to withdraw milk products bearing certain batch numbers as it was of the view that those products were contaminated with DCD. But, as far as the company was aware the products were neither contaminated with DCD nor unsafe for human consumption.

A Health Ministry spokesman said that All Provincial and Regional health directors were supervising the milk products withdrawal process. Apart from the suspected DCD contaminated milk products, the Ministry officials, with the assistance of the PHD and RHDs, were checking the samples of the milk products kept for sale and some samples of those products were being tested by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) for toxins.

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