PHIs conduct raids

Public Health Inspectors (PHI) have begun to carryout raids on shops to check for the sale of some milk powder brands which was suspended by the Health Ministry.

The Public Health Inspectors are conducting the raids on a directive of the Health Ministry, the PHI association said.

The Ministry of Health had this week decided to temporarily suspend the importing of some brands of milk powder from New Zealand.

The decision was taken after Fonterra New Zealand reported that some of its products used in infant formula and sports drinks may contain a bacteria that causes botulism.

Fonterra said that tests indicated the potential presence of a strain of Clostridium (Clostridium Botulinum) in a whey concentrate sample, which can cause botulism.

The company said it had advised eight of its customers of a “quality issue” involving three batches of a particular type of whey protein concentrate (WPC80) produced at a single New Zealand manufacturing site in May 2012.

As a result, these customers are urgently investigating whether any of the affected product, which contains a strain of Clostridium, is in their supply chains. If need be, they will initiate consumer product recalls.

There have been no reports of any illness linked to consumption of the affected whey protein, Fonterra said in a statement. Dairy products such as fresh milk, yoghurt, cheese, spreads and UHT milk products are not affected, it said. (Colombo Gazette)

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