New Zealand's Fonterra to fight Sri Lankan dairy injunction
WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's top dairy exporter, said on Monday an injunction banning the sale of its products in Sri Lanka because of alleged contamination was incorrect and unjustified as it sought to control a growing customer backlash.
On Friday, a Sri Lankan court banned the sale and advertising of all Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd milk products for two weeks. A trade union had sought the court ban because Fonterra products suspected of being contaminated with the agricultural chemical dicyandiamide (DCD) were still on the market.
Fonterra said last week it had withdrawn two batches of milk powder allegedly containing DCD under orders from Sri Lankan authorities, although it has disputed the accuracy of the testing.
"We strongly refute the allegations on which this injunction has been made," Johan Priem, Fonterra's managing director Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, said in a statement issued to the New Zealand stock exchange.