Sri Lanka finds latest New Zealand milk imports free of DCD

Aug 23, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Industrial Technology Institute said stocks of New Zealand milk held at port are free of a chemical contamination according to its tests, and will continue to test other batches of imports. . ITI chief Sirimal Premakumara said dicyandiamide (DCD) contamination was found in two stocks of Anchor branded and Maliban non-fat milk taken from the shop shelves which appeared to have been manufactured in later 2012.

He said ITI could not at first test for the chemical when the ministry of health asked it but later developed the testing process after importing testing materials.

New Zealand based Anchor branded milk is marketed by Fonterra, and the firm is under a court order to stop distribution after a health sector trade union went to court.

Sri Lanka’s technology and research and development minister Champika Ranawaka said the New Zealand government has given an assurance that no DCD contaminated milk will be exported after June and its use in fields had been stopped from late 2012.