Sri Lanka lifts Fonterra suspension

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has lifted the temporary hold on the sale of 76 metric tonnes of the dairy cooperative’s 400 gram Anchor full cream milk powder. 

Investigations by the Industrial Technological Institute of Sri Lanka found no food safety or quality issue with the product, which was temporarily suspended from sale on October 1 after three children who allegedly consumed the milk powder became ill.  

According to a Fonterra [NZX: FCG] statement, its brands Sri Lanka managing director Leon Clement says the company had been confident the Sri Lankan ministry’s investigation would find all three batches safe to consume.  

“We take food safety very seriously. We were concerned to be informed a consumer had become ill and launched an immediate investigation to help try to find out what could be affecting them and to rule out any issues with our product,” Mr Clement said.

“We have been working with the Ministry of Health to lift the temporary hold and are pleased that the ministry’s investigation has confirmed our own internal findings that there is no food safety or quality issue with our product.”

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