Sri Lanka to release some withheld Fonterra milk products
COLOMBO (REUTERS) - Sri Lanka's health ministry has decided to release a batch of milk powder made by companies including New Zealand's Fonterra after tests for suspected dicyandiamide (DCD) contamination came back negative, officials said on Monday.
Sri Lankan customs had withheld several batches of Fonterra products from sale after the island nation's Industrial Technological Institute (ITI) said some of its milk powder brands were found to contain DCD, a toxic agricultural chemical.
Fonterra has disputed the accuracy of the testing.
The case follows a global food scare involving Fonterra, the world's biggest dairy products exporter, which said on Aug 3 that some of its products could contain a bacteria that can cause botulism.