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Sri Lanka Customs probing seized coconut oil bowsers amid aflatoxin scare

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka customs has taken into their custody two bowsers which were said to contain coconut oil, an official said amid a scare involving aflatoxin contaminated oil being released to the market.

The two bowsers said to contain 55,000 liters of oil destined to a coconut oil refining company had been handed over to Sri Lanka Customs by Dankotuwa police.

“Currently they are being handed over to the Customs Preventive Directorate,” Director General of the Customs Vijitha Ravipriya told reporters Wednesday.

“We are now investigating. However, the bowsers have not been opened yet to see whether it is, unrefined oil, refined oil or some other substances.”

Ravipriya said the bowsers did not have a customs seal but the company’s seal.

The seizure came after Sri Lanka Customs ordered a several containers of imported coconut oil to be re-exported after Sri Lanka Standards said they contained higher than permitted levels of aflatoxin, a carcinogenic.

The substance linked to a fungus that is found in foods such as coconut oil, peanuts and maize.

Officials said the consignment is at a warehouse are not expected released to the market under usual customs rules. (Colombo/Apr01/2021)

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