Sri Lanka halts sale of baby formula, foreign milk power advertising

Aug 07, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has halted the sale of imported baby formula following a contamination scare over New Zealand made dairy products and media organizations will be asked to stop advertising milk products, a senior health official said. Heath services director general Palitha Mahipala said a food advisory committee that met yesterday had taken the decisions.

Sri Lanka yesterday stopped clearing milk powder from New Zealand after a state agency said it found traces of DCD chemical in several brands of imported milk including those of Fonterra, New Zealand largest dairy product exporter.

Fonterra also recalled baby formula from its customers including China and Saudi Arabia that had been contaminated with botulinus, a potentially fatal virus. Fonterra said Wednesday that it had completed the recall of the contaminated stock from shop shelves.

Mahipala said health inspectors had been instructed to collect baby formula from shops in Sri Lanka.