COLOMBO, August 23, 2013 (AFP) – A Sri Lankan court Friday lifted a ban on the sale of milk products of New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra which has been under pressure over a global botulism scare. A New Zealand government website says DCD is not toxic and poses no food safety risks but Sri Lanka’s health ministry considers it to be a “toxic chemical”. Fonterra disputes Sri Lankan tests.
The Sri Lankan DCD recall was unrelated to the global safety recall announced by Fonterra after tests turned up a type of bacteria that could cause botulism.
Sri Lanka imported milk and milk products worth 7 million in 2012 with the bulk coming from New Zealand and Australia, the island nation’s central bank says.
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The ruling came hours after Fonterra announced it was temporarily shutting down operations in Sri Lanka because of concerns over the safety of its staff amid allegations of product contamination.
A district court near the capital removed the ban following representations by the Auckland-based dairy firm, its legal representative, Sudath Perera, told reporters outside the court.
A court official said the ban, imposed a week ago, was lifted because the court decided that the public in