Friday, October 17, 2008

At least 37 items being tested for melamine

By Sumaiya Rizvi

The Health Ministry said the distribution of some 37 items identified to have traces of melamine including milk related food items, chocolates and biscuits have been suspended pending the conclusion of tests.

Health Ministry Food Control Assistant Director P. Madarasinghe said all provincial and municipal health staff had been directed to detain any item suspected to be contaminated with melamine.

Meanwhile the government assured that five leading milk powder brands sold in Sri Lanka were free of melamine, following tests that were conducted in Singapore.

Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardena told a news conference that tests conducted at the ALS Research Lab in Singapore had not found any traces of Melamine in the milk powder samples. He said the brands that had been cleared of Melamine were Anchor, Nespray, Kotmale, Maliban and Diamond.

The minister said reports on ten more milk power brands were pending, since they had delayed to send their samples on time. The Sri Lanka Standard Institute (SLSI) had recommended the Singaporean company to test the milk powder brands for Melamine content in them.

He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa had met representatives of the Munchee Company to discuss claims made by Swiss authorities. The Minister also said he was not able to comment on the restraining order on a certain chocolate company since there was a case pending against them.

Health Ministry’s Food Control Assistant Director P. Madarasinghe said all provincial and municipal health staff had been directed to detain any item suspected to be contaminated with melamine. Among some 37 items identified to have traces of melamine include milk related food items, chocolates, biscuits and others, he said.

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The melamine scare is really scary. I still love chocolates though. =)
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1 comment:

ayla said...

naka nman mommy dulce
career h
may pa-melamelamine k p
atsaka qng ano ano ang mga nakalagay n advertisement
hehehe
un lng mizyahmwah