Fonterra insists no animal fat in milk sold in Sri Lanka

Fonterra has denied allegations that some of their milk products sold in Sri Lanka contain animal fats, TV New Zealand reported.

In a statement today Fonterra says: “We are aware of misinformation recently shared in Sri Lanka. These claims are completely false and we have reassured our customers that all our products are safe and contain only what is listed on the ingredients label.

“Our milk powder meets the highest food safety and quality standards and is independently tested by both the New Zealand and Sri Lanka governments.”

Overnight Sri Lanka’s Deputy Director General for Environmental Health, Occupational Health and Food Safety at Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry Dr Lakshman Gamlath said the claims were baseless.

Speaking at a news conference in Colombo, he claimed a certificate issued by Minister of Primary Industries Damien O’Connor proved that milk ingredients only derived from animals of New Zealand origin.

He also stated there were no pigs in New Zealand from where the alleged fats could have originated.

Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce Buddhika Pathirana told Parliament two weeks ago that instead of 100 per cent natural milk, the respective imports from New Zealand were suspected of containing mainly animal fat extracted from pigs and cattle, along with palm oil and lactose.

Pathirana said complaints had been made to the Consumer Affairs Authority, and alleged that it was not possible for New Zealand, based on their capacity, to cater to the full milk demand of Sri Lanka.

Fonterra sell Anchor, Red Cow, Newdale, Raththi, Pedia Pro and Anlene brands to the Sri Lankan market.

They recently denied claims made by legislators that Fonterra products contain pork fat.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne also denied all allegations against dairy company Fonterra made by Minister Buddhika Pathira.

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  1. “WITHOUT PREJUDICE”
    FONTERRA should NOT try to “HOODWINK” the Muslim community like the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema-ACJU and 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 in Sri Lanka.
    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” statement that the ALL CEYLON JAMIYATHUL ULEMA (ACJU) operated sister NGO – 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 greatest “DECEPTION and HOODWINKING to “DUPE” the Muslim community the All Ceylon Jamiyathul Ulema had done to our community. A PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION SHOULD PROBE THE CORRUPTION OF THE ACJU, THE ILL EARNINGS THEY ARE MAKING BY PROVIDING FALSE HALAL CERTIFICATIONS AND THE ACTIVITIES OF THE The Halal Accreditation Council (Guarantee) Limited, a non-for-profit company established and operated by the hierarchy of the ACJU. http://www.adaderana.lk should use the RTI act to obtain the necessary informations about the activities of the ACJU and the Halal Accreditation Council (Guarantee) Limited, a non-for-profit company established and operated by the hierarchy of the ACJU.
    “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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