Sri Lanka court bans Fonterra milk products
COLOMBO (AFP) - A Sri Lankan court on Friday temporarily banned the sale and distribution of all milk products made by the New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra, which is under pressure over a global botulism scare.
The Gampaha district court ordered the two-week suspension pending investigations into allegations of contamination, according to court records seen by AFP.
The order was given following public interest litigation by a nurses' trade union which accused Fonterra of selling products that could be contaminated with harmful bacteria and a chemical.
"The company is prohibited from selling or distributing all their products, either directly or through agents, for a period of two weeks," a court official said after a preliminary hearing.