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monson
10-08-2008, 09:15 AM
Chinese milk powder imported by chocolate maker in customs’ custody


A milk powder container imported from China has been apprehended by the Customs Department under suspicion of containing melamine.

Detained milk powder, imported to make chocolates by a prominent local brand, is under investigation by the Food Control Branch of the Health Ministry. Food Control Director A. Madarasinghe told The Bottom Line that samples from the suspect container had been sent to the Industrial Technology Institute in Colombo and SGS in Singapore for testing.

“Usually, the report takes between 10-14 days to reach us. Since it is an extremely expensive process that takes Rs. 30,000 per sample, we monitor internet reports about what other organisations and governments are doing internationally, so that the relevant importers can be requested to cancel their orders, if the need arises. So far, we have only had to notify one company and all importers and officials have been extremely cooperative,” he said.

Madarasinghe insisted that there was no cause for alarm as most of the imports were from New Zealand, India and Australia. Moreover, once the report arrives in Sri Lanka, early next week, a Food Technical Committee would be appointed to evaluate the results and decide what steps would be taken. He added that future directives would be sent to importers depending on future recalls of imported products.

“If the report is positive and the milk powder is contaminated, then the committee will decide how it should be destroyed. They might consider burial or using the powder for animal feed, which would not be the case here, but it must first come under the committee. Even if it is to be released, then there must be committee approval,” he explained.

The Director noted that all possible selling points from the airport departure lounge, which is a popular point for purchasing chocolate, to supermarkets have been told to remain vigilant.

http://www.thebottomline.lk/2008/10/08/index%2038.htm

anarkalee
10-08-2008, 09:20 AM
madai
choco kalath iwarai
cadbury hadanneth owagenda danne ne

accessuser
10-08-2008, 09:57 AM
madai
choco kalath iwarai
cadbury hadanneth owagenda danne ne:yes:

Pentagram
10-08-2008, 10:13 AM
tnx 4 d info!

Pentagram
10-08-2008, 10:13 AM
madai
choco kalath iwarai
cadbury hadanneth owagenda danne neekanam atta!:yes: