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Imported milk powder issue :

Party Leaders to decide on PSC proposal after CAA report

The proposal to appoint a Parliament Select Committee (PSC) to look into issues related to imported milk powder will be taken up at a Party Leaders’ Meeting after obtaining a report from the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA), Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said.

Industry and Commerce Deputy Minister Buddhika Pathirana, making a personal clarification in Parliament yesterday, firmly stood by his previous statement that the ministry has received complaints that certain imported milk powder companies were mixing animal fat with lactose.

“I did not mention the name of any company in my revelation on Tuesday. However, Fonterra Company promptly issued a press release denying the allegation. Moreover, Dr.Athula Kahandaliyanage, a former Health Ministry Secretary and former Health Services Director General, is now a holding a post in the Fonterra Company.

His associates are still there in the Health Ministry and he can influence them. A former CAA Chairman told me that this person had threatened him over the phone demanding his support to get the milk powder prices increased if he wants to continue in the post. Some representatives of Fonterra Company said they would resolve this matter diplomatically. I hope our President, Prime Minister and Cabinet will stand strong. Sri Lanka is no longer a colony,” Pathirana said.

He said when the issues of DCD and Melamine cropped up in the past, the samples were sent to the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) and the allegations were confirmed.

“Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, who held the Science and Technology portfolio at that time, stood by the test reports of the ITI. Yet, the topic was diverted by the companies and the media was bribed with advertisements. When a suspension was imposed on milk powder imports, New Zealand diplomats intervened to get it lifted,” he added.

Leader of the House and Minister Lakshman Kiriella requested the Speaker to obtain a report from the CAA over the matter.

The Speaker while agreeing to it, also informed the House that only pasteurized milk is served in Parliament. “Some MPs inquired me whether the milk served in Parliament is safe. We only use pasteurized milk in Parliament,” he said.

 

 


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The Muslim community in Sri Lanka has to be greatfull to the Hon. Minister for revealing this information in the “floor of the parliament”. It is a “HYPOCRATIC AND SHAMEFULL” state ment that the ALL CEYLON JAMIYATHUL ULEMA (ACJU) operated sister NGO – The The Halal Accreditation Council (Guarantee) Limited, a non-for-profit company established by the ACJU which calls itself as the Halal compliant certification issuing body has “FALSELY” made statements certfying the Milk powder alleged to contain Lactose and Pig Oil to be “HALAL”. This is the greated “DECEPTION and HOODWINKING to “DUPE” the Muslim community the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema had done to our community. “THE MUSLIM VOICE” “DEMANDS” THE TRUTH FROM THE MILK IMPORTERS AND THE MANUFACTURERS/EXPORTERS ABROAD” TO REVEAL THE TRUTH TO THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY. “THE MUSLIM VOICE” also requests/appeals all Muslims in Sri Lanka to “BOYCOTT” the purchasing of this type of Powdwred Milk that has leaked into the market, as stated by the Hon. Minister Budikka Pathirana – Deputy Minister of Trade and Commerce. “THE MUSLIM VOICE” wishes to state that it fully endorses and support Hon. Budikka Pathirana’s statement in parliament. Noor Nizam. Convener – “The Muslim Voice”.

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