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Sri Lanka Customs to determine whether contaminated coconut oil entered market

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Customs has opened an investigation to determine whether any coconut oil contaminated with high levels of aflatoxin, a carcinogenic substance, has been released to the market, co-cabinet spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana said.

“Customs is looking to find the perpetrators and, once the reports are out, we will take legal action against them,” Pathirana told reporters at the weekly cabinet press briefing today.

The government is determined to take legal action against those involved, he said.

Sri Lanka Customs has claimed that none of the containers was released to the market.

According to Minister Pathirana, all food items including coconut and palm oil are subject to quality control and only if they meet the requirement are they released to the market.

He said the customs immediately halted the coconut oil container being released to the market when they received notice about the substances on March 04. The minister added that the news about the oil adulteration spread only when they were conducting the second round of tests on the oil.

“Out of the four companies who have imported the coconut oil, three had chemical substances in their imports, so all containers have been sealed, he said. (Colombo/Mar30/2021)

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