The Livestock Resources and Rural Community Development Ministry has instructed relevant institutions to take steps to release maximum amount of liquid milk to the market.
The Ministry said that this decision was taken to cope up with the situation created by the removal of several brands of milk powder.
The Health Ministry recently decided to remove the relevant brands of milk powder as a result of certain imported brands of milk powder containing the chemical called D.C.D.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors’ Association points out that if the Sri Lanka Industrial Technological Institute had properly intervened in the problem related with milk powder, it would have been possible to prevent the stock of hazardous milk powder falling into the hands of consumers.
Sri Lanka PHI Association chairman Upul Rohana said at a media briefing convened in Colombo yesterday that refusal with regard to testing the suspicious brands of milk powder in the first instance and subsequently disclosing information about the matter to media courted trouble.
Elaborating on the subject Sri Lanka PHI Association Chairman Upul Rohana stated as follows:
However our news team inquired from Sri Lanka ITI Additional Director Ananda Pannila about the charge made against the SLITI.
Meanwhile participating at a meeting of dairy farmers held in Badulla yesterday, Minister Dilan Perera said that certain organizations that speak against cattle slaughter do not come forward to resolve the problems dairy farmers face.
Similarly the GMOA says that local liquid milk should be popularized as a solution to the problem that has cropped up in the country with regard to milk powder.
GMOA media spokesman Dr. Navin de Soysa explaining about the subject stated as follows