COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan court yesterday issued an order preventing the sale, distribution and advertising of all Fonterra milk products for two weeks, officials said, after a health sector trade union sought the order saying Fonterra had been misleading the public with its advertising.
The National Health Services Union said it sought the order because there were Fonterra milk products still in the market suspected to be contaminated with dicyandiamide (DCD) despite an order from the health ministry that they be recalled. DCD is a nitrate inhibitor used in fertilisers.
The Health Ministry had said a recent local test by Sri Lanka’s Industrial Technology Institute discovered dicyandiamide in some Fonterra brand milk powders and had directed the world’s largest dairy exporter to recall the products.
Fonterra has disputed the accuracy of the local testing.
On the other hand, Leon Clement, managing director of Fonterra Brands Sri Lanka said on Thursday that the company has recalled two batches of Anchor-branded milk product as the result of the directive from the Ministry of Health and the recall has now been completed.