Court restrains Fonterra from selling its products

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

Gampaha Additional District Judge yesterday issued an enjoining order restraining Fonterra from retailing all its products, distributing or selling them through agents and from using any form of advertising in a misleading manner.

The order valid for a fortnight was given on a petition filed by the Government Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA),

GNOA president Saman Ratnapriya said that the case had been filed early this week. The milk food manufacturer continued to mislead the public by claiming that Anchor and their other milk food were 100 percent safe despite a ban imposed by the Health Ministry, following tests done by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) on Milk powder imported from New Zealand and Australia, he said. The report revealed that the milk was contaminated with the dangerous agro chemical dicyandiamide (DCD).

Fonterra continued to advertise its products through print and electronic media and they had even gone so far as to issue hand bills in grocery stores and supermarkets, the GNOA chief said.

Ratnapriya said that the Health Ministry had also put an end to the release of all imported dairy products containing whey protein from the port. However, super markets and other stores continued to display and retail those products to consumers.

The GNOA President observed that hospitals also provided patients with milk based products which contained whey protein. He said that steps should be taken to ban those items as well.

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