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Mad Milk Mayhem For P & P

By  Kusal Perera

Kusal Perera

DCD (dicyandiamide) –

Chlostridium (C.) Botulinum –

Whey Protein –

What do I know about all those medical and specialised lingo ? Nothing until a huge uproar broke out in media about a week ago and prompted some digging in. How much would a nurses’ trade unionists in Sri Lanka know ? Doubt they know it right. The medical doctors in government service ? They may know something, but what is their credibility ? What do journalists know ? They know what others say. This is everything about the on going battle against imported milk foods, especially the “Fonterra” brand from New Zealand. Little is now said about “Maliban” non fat and “Diamond” that were also marked as contaminated. It is now  just plain “Fonterra”.

This uproar reminds me of a similar campaign over two years ago, against imported pesticides and fertiliser. The origin was then an academic from Kelaniya university, a gold medallist in mathematics turned “fiction theorist” claiming “Naatha Deviyo” (god) informed of cyanide in fertiliser and was thus researched and proved right. Another publicist Channa Jayasumana of Rajarata University who sat with Rev. Athuraliye Rathana thero, the Sinhala introvert, told media on 04 August 2011, “…… These (pesticides from Germany, Switzerland and Europe) had high content of arsenic, mercury and cyanide and can have damaging side effects such as sensory impairment, disturbed sensations, lack of co-ordination, kidney dysfunction, damage to the skin and infertility.”

These publicity campaigns were later shot down by few other academics, who questioned the methodology and rationality of the “so called research done on Naatha deviyo’s information”. Any way, the Sinhala mindset created by these pseudo academics and Sinhala introverts, does not fade off with logical answers. They get life through other similar social campaigns by violent groups like the BBS and RB. Their campaigns too harp on “other forces” and attempts at making Sinhala people “infertile”, a symptom linked to imported fertiliser by Jayasumana.

Their advantage is, they do have enough parallels and some information that can be exaggerated, interpreted with bias, misconstrued and argued on. But what they don’t say or refrain from saying is, poisonous chemicals are consumed through many media and remain ineffective, unless taken in a fatally large quantity. In fact almost all pharmaceutical drugs that  members of the GMOA prescribe to human patients are “poison”. They have to be taken as prescribed by a qualified medical practitioner in “mili grams” in doses with time lapses. Any overdose, will have serious side effects, some immediately and some over time. That is how “sleeping tablets” turns into a “suicidal drug” taken in large quantities. It is for all these reasons that pharmacies operate under strict regulations and always under a qualified pharmacist with a license.

The claim that DCD, Whey proteins and Chlostridium botulinum is fatal, needs to be treated as all other poison taken as drugs. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a heavily researched and referenced publication titled, “International Programme on Chemical Safety – Poisons Information Monograph 858; Bacteria” which is in public domain. This is exclusively on Chlostridium botulinum. Modern science and technology often don’t leave  any poison, any virus and any bacteria without putting them into human use. Botulinum has therefore been used for medical treatment of spastic muscular conditions, childhood strabismus, apraxia of eye lid opening, writer’s cramp and in similar cases. It is also used for cosmetic purpose in reducing wrinkles. (page 10, no. 4.1.2)

Again, what this clearly says is, Chlostridium botulinum has its good side, but has to be watched as unrestricted, unknown consumption can occur through unnoticed contamination.

So is the case with whey protein. “Whey” is defined as a derivative of milk. Its the liquid that is left behind, after the first stages of cheese making. “Whey” in one processed concentrated form is “whey protein”. Research claim, whey protein has anti cancer and anti inflammatory properties. It is also hypothesised it may act as an effective supplementary treatment for diabetes and heart disease. Also in arresting weight loss in HIV positive patients. There is no mention of whey protein as a fatal factor, but is documented to have side effects such as increased bowel movements, nausea, thirst, bloating, cramps, reduced appetite, fatigue and headache. (Check http://medicalnewstoday.com/articles/263371.php)

The whole “DCD and Whey in milk powder” campaign does not bring any such information into discussion. There is no denying “Fonterra” in New Zealand (NZ) has smudged their reputation with sheer neglect in their manufacturing process. A neglect that can not be pardoned for a company of such repute. Fonterra in NZ had informed the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of their folly on 02 August, 2013. The reason for contamination had been identified by Fonterra as due to a once laid away production line being used for re-processing, without proper and appropriate cleaning. Now this is “facts”. The next is the official statement made by the NZ government on 07 August through its Foreign Affairs and Trade ministry. They said the “NZ government has  advised trading partners about the potential contamination of some products made from milk whey protein concentrate (WPC 80).” They also said, “Products known to be potentially affected are confined to three batches of whey protein concentrate manufactured at one Fonterra plant in NZ.”

So, this is not like what the “anti Fonterra SL lobbyists” say. One, DCD and Whey protein have to be consumed in large quantities for undesirable effects. Two, it is not “everything from NZ, nor is it everything from Fonterra” that is contaminated, unless you lump the NZ government authorities with their counterparts here in Sri Lanka. Then they lie and you don’t have to believe them.

The NZ authorities have also listed destinations these “potentially affected” products have been exported to. They are, “Australia, China, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Viet Nam and Hong Kong” only. Sri Lanka is no “jurisdiction” the potentially affected products have been exported to, unless SL has bought those potentially affected products from one of those listed countries.

It is more a shame than a pity the GMOA goes on a stupid, irrational campaign threatening health authorities, demanding a ban on these milk products. Such has been their arrogance and habit for a long time now. They have not been proving themselves an organisation of educated men in a decent profession. Nothing better can therefore be expected from an ignorant, petty nurses’ union boss. He joins in with a writ application granted by the Gampaha district judge, banning all Fonterra products. Their allegations are that the ITI has tested positive and the health ministry has directed all contaminated powdered milk should go off shelves. It is a fact that ITI is no more a credible institute to place your trust on. Their initial report on Rathupaswela water showed they don’t handle issues with professional standards expected from such institutes. They also don’t say how Maliban milk powder imported from Australia was included as contaminated, when the issue is NZ and Fonterra. Obvious. The quality of researchers and men of dignity like Dr. R.O.B Wijesekera are no more there and those who have stepped into their vacant shoes are no patch of the old bloc.

But yet, why ask for a ban on sale of all products, when the NZ government clearly says the issue is only regarding 03 batches from one single plant and SL is not where the potentially affected products have been exported to ? If these unions are as concerned about people’s well being as they pretend and want more guarantee that SL has not in any way fallen prey, then all that had to be done was to check using by batch product codes, if SL was a transshipment destination from any of the countries the NZ government had listed. Neither have the GMOA asked for such guarantee, nor has the Health ministry checked back on possibility of transshipment. Why ? Ignorance ? Neglect ? Impossibility ? Nothing of that sort.

What then is this mad milk mayhem ? This campaign certainly has other ulterior motives by questionable characters, tied to this regime. On 12 August, 2013 businessman Dillith Jayaweera, implicated in Colombo Stock Exchange manipulations over which Thilak Karunaratne resigned as its Chairman, with two others of questionable reputation, Laugh’s Wegapitiya and Nature’s Secret Kumarasinghe, called a media briefing at the Independence Square hall, on Sri Lanka’s milk imports. They are no credible voices. But voices that could indicate about political motives by this regime. This high security location for a media briefing they got, will not be allowed unless they pair off very well with the defence authorities. They do. The question therefore is, “is there any one in this regime, manipulating the local milk industry ?”

If there is, these 03 businessmen orbiting this regime choked with corruption, should have more in their belly than what they said about developing a local dairy industry. Their blank accusations of importing “contaminated powdered milk” from multinational companies, is just plain bluff. They gave no clue as to how Sri Lanka could develop a dairy industry to produce enough liquid milk for the whole population. None of them represent business in any branch of live husbandry. Developing the dairy industry was not their intention for sure.

Today, Vijithamuni Soyza would tell, his biggest problem as Minister of Wildlife Resources and Conservation is to save forests from  hundreds of cattle sent in for grazing by their owners, due to lack of grasslands. In upcountry where comparatively better hybrids are available, grass is scarce, due to large organised plantations. The coconut triangle, the other area with a large population of milking cows, can not be further expanded through the existing household ownership model. Extensive growth is no more valid, mainly due to lack of grasslands.

There is apparently no serious plan to improve the dairy industry in Sri Lanka, although these businessmen want patriotism to help improve milking. Sri Lanka may achieve something in developing the dairy industry, if a new intensive approach is introduced based on “owner collectives” with grasslands, provided the local lean breeds are gradually and quickly substituted with high yielding hybrids. Yet, it should be stressed plain, there can not be any development of a dairy industry in a country that bans slaughter of cattle. Milk and meat go together. If slaughter of cattle is banned today, going by numbers available, five years from now there will be an aged, wholly non productive population of 650,000 cattle to be fed, cleaned and cared for, till they die naturally.

This talk of “Apey Dey Ganna” (Buy our own produce) the business trio championed, is old hat. This is only playing with  Sinhala public sentiments for definitely personal advantage. There is some one, or a small coterie backed by this regime wishfully thinking of manipulating the whole powdered milk market. Who ever gets in, there is a necessity to put in place, efficient regulatory mechanisms that would keep out rhetoric and publicity seekers from unnecessarily scaring off the consumer. Systems have to be put in place that any citizen can depend on, to have the right information and the right solution, at the right time, independent of suppliers and marketing agencies, both foreign and local.

Well, am I also blissful in a country where professionals and technocrats go about bluffing , while powers high up is milking for profit and publicity (P&P) ?

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    The rhetoric from public officials, responsible authorities, campaigners for concealed beneficiaries, business hopefuls, hangers on of various bandwagons and even the media spokespersons of stakeholders of any sort, colour, shadow or hue have one thing in common…they operate in an environment devoid of trust, courtesy, honesty, goodwill, camaraderie, care, concern, accountability or shame… so what better can you expect, Kusal?

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    Great job on a spot on article. We need this kind of journalist to try and inform our otherwise woefully ignorant public who are taken for a ride by our self servving authorities.
    There seems to be a bit of a mix up with between “botulism Bactria” and “DCD chemical”in the following para.
    “The whole “DCD and Whey in milk powder” campaign does not bring any such information into discussion. There is no denying “Fonterra” in New Zealand (NZ) has smudged their reputation with sheer neglect in their manufacturing process. A neglect that can not be pardoned for a company of such repute. Fonterra in NZ had informed the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) of their folly on 02 August, 2013. The reason for contamination had been identified by Fonterra as due to a once laid away production line being used for re-processing, without proper and appropriate cleaning. Now this is “facts”. The next is the official statement made by the NZ government on 07 August through its Foreign Affairs and Trade ministry. They said the “NZ government has advised trading partners about the potential contamination of some products made from milk whey protein concentrate (WPC 80).” They also said, “Products known to be potentially affected are confined to three batches of whey protein concentrate manufactured at one Fonterra plant in NZ.”

    The above mentioned contamination that was announced by Fontera themselves on Aug 02nd 2013 was about the botulism Bactria and not DCD. Instead the DCD issue was detected in October 2012 by Fontera and became public only in February 2013. This issue has since been dealt with by discontinuing the use of a chemical in fields that fontera cows grass on. Fontera has given a guarantee on the absence of DCD that was good enough for all countries consuming their dairy putting the issue to rest few months back.
    However like mentioned in the article fontera’s self detection and announcement about a botulism Bactria contamination in the said three batches seems to have given a bright idea to some opportunist in the local milk industry. Obviously unhappy that the dairy that arrived in Sri Lanka had not been contaminated by botulism Bactria they have resorted to try and create a DCD bogey to make a kill in the local market at the expense of consumers.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/dairy/9028305/Fonterra-rubbishes-Sri-Lankas-flawed-testing

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    Well said Kusal. I’m reposting what I had said on Malinda’s insidious piece:

    This piece on Lankanewsweb corroborates my questions [ to Malinda]. In addition, it shows the insidious role played by Malinda. SHAME that he cannot disclose his agenda. Disgraceful.

    “Theoreticians of the movement, racketeer in the Colombo Stock market, Dilith Jayaweera, Leader of the National Freedom Front, Minister Wimal Weerawansa and Editor of The Nation newspaper, Malinda Seneviratne have a few weeks back handed a special project report to Namal Rajapaksa.

    The report had shown the outflow of the country’s foreign exchange through the purchase of foreign milk powder and the benefits of promoting local fresh milk, which in turn would help the local farmers and the Sinhala Buddhist community. Following this move, it was Malinda Seneviratne’s The Nation newspaper that published the first report on chemical substances in milk powder. Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s Lankacnews website also commenced the campaign.”

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      Sulaiman: When an unsubstantiated allegation is used as ‘corroboration’, it shows naivete or idiocy or both. Amuses me and inspires pity for you. For the record, we first wrote about the milk issue in March….that’s months before this ‘news’ (so-called) broke out (‘a few weeks back’). Maybe you are in a time-warp or something. Time to ditch lankaenews as a credible source of information eh?

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        Why don’t you expressly deny that you gave a report as explained or something similar to it? Why are you only quibbling with the reference to the time periods, which are couched in relative terms anyway? Have you played any role in advocating the shift from powdered milk independent of the DCD bogey? If so shouldn’t you disclose that to the public? Havn’t you been in contact with the persons mentioned in the article in the context of dairy products? Why is your comment so evasive?

        I suggest you look up the meaning of corroboration. I don’t say that the matter is proved beyond doubt. I do say, however, that you and your paper leave a lot to be said about your journalistic skills and evidently ethics too. Learn to separate what is from what you think ought to be.

        Btw, it is Lanka news Web not enews. At the very least learn to pay attention to detail. At least your articles will contain only the intended falsehoods.

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        Malinda:
        You say, “Time to ditch lankaenews as a credible source of information eh?”
        The next thing we know you’ll be suggesting that we go to the Nation, that piece of unmitigated you know what,as a source of truth and information, I suppose!
        Nobody can fault you in the matter of your self-publicising idiocies, that is for certain.

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    I’m also reposting my queries to Malinda, his response (though he did not have the courage to respond under his own name) and my further queries thereto – as they are relevant to the issue very clearly explained by Kusal:

    Lovely. A perfect display of the sleight of hand that is employed by Malinda. Clearly the TIPUTFFDSI gives marks only for deviousness.

    My original comment sets out lines of inquiry that a proper journalist ought to have taken if his/her intention was to arrive at the truth. They raise questions that need to be investigated and answered. Not dodged with answers like “who knows”, “bureaucratic inaction” or “no comment”. In fact, The Sunday Leader article last week carried different points of view and raised most of the questions that I had listed. It allowed readers to make up their mind.

    Malinda on the other hand is playing the role of a crusader not a journalist. Of course, journalists may support a cause, but their primary obligation should be to present an accurate picture as far as possible. The TIPUTFFDSI follows in Malinda’s insidious tradition (including his linguistic style). Given the congruence of purpose and form, will refer to TIPUTFFDSI as Malinda henceforth.

    1. Query: Why is there no ban on all products that contain milk powder?

    Malinda Response: Not all products have been tested. Only a few. Therefore the Health Ministry is proceeding slowly.

    Further Queries raised: Umm – doesn’t that miss the point of the question? Why is it that only milk powder is being tested? Why is the Ministry not testing all dairy products? Surely if the ITI is equipped it should be testing all of these? Why is that the Ministry has not warned the public? On the contrary the Health Ministry was satisfied with the tests carried out at independent laboratories and pooh-poohed the ITI’s so called capabilities, until it was pressured by Champika’s little troops. (More on this below). The underlying point is there seems to be something suspicious when there is all sorts of alarmist ranting about milk powder and hardly a peep about or even testing, leave alone banning, of other dairy products which use the same ingredient. A journalist who fails to even consider this is not worth his salt or is deviously pushing an agenda (guess what I think Mali boy is doing?!)

    Note further that the reference to Nation’s comment that Milk powder will be channeled to “other brands” is not the same as channeling to other “products”. Nice sleight of hand though.

    2. Query: Why wasn’t Nestle tested even though it contains milk from Fonterra?

    Malinda Response: “I don’t know” !!!! May be it was not a good “case study’ because it was too much of a hybrid.

    Further Queries: Duh – if you don’t know find out. That is what a good journalist would do!! Not a good “case study”?!!! What was this some college thesis?!!! This is about food safety, dude – you test all products that are likely to be contaminated.

    3. Query: If the matter is serious shouldn’t all these be stopped?

    Malinda Response: Bureaucratic caution doesn’t mean lack of seriousness.

    Further Query: The point is that the bureaucracy has spoken in different voices. As pointed out above there is no rationale for the selectivity in relation to the testing of products and brands. In those circumstances is it not rationale to question whether the hype is actually warranted? Whether there is in fact a serious issue to be considered or whether this is something that is manufactured?

    4. Query- If ITI had the capacity why were the Milk powders being sent abroad at great expense?

    Malinda Response- “Who knows” !!! “Lack of initiative perhaps?”

    Further Query – Wow. That is exactly my point – a good journalist would make it his business to know – not throw his arms up in the air and say “who knows”. This line of inquiry is particularly important when examining point No. 6 as well, as it throws serious doubt on the capacity of ITI.

    5. Query: Why was the health ministry official not interdicted, if in fact he had supported fonterra?

    Malinda Response: The interdiction or failure to interdict obstructing officials has no bearing on issues. People are often saved by insider cliques.

    Further Query: Of course it is relevant. If some health ministry officials are obstructionist – how does the public know which ones are obstructionist and which aren’t? How do we know whether ITI was urging Champika’s agenda and that the original Health Ministry Officials were carrying out the proper procedures? The only way a Ministry can reassure the public that they are now following the correct course of action is to take steps against errant or corrupt officers. The failure to do so raises questions about the validity of the current position. The failure to question that demonstrates the inability (or as I suspect the unwillingness) of Malinda to carry out proper research.

    6. Query: If the problem was with the fertilizer used in new Zealand, how is it that DCD is found in milk imported from Australia by maliban?

    Malinda Response: DCD not used in Australia therefore milk cannot contain DCD is not a given.

    Further Query: Has Malinda researched the methods by which DCD can get into milk powder? The point is not whether it is a given but whether Malinda has exercised due diligence in his inquiry. A more pertinent point is that this raises questions about the testing methodology. Since there is a strong relationship between the fertilizer and DCD (even assuming it is not a given) this corroborates the position taken by the University of Queensland expert brought in by Fontera who says that there is a high chance of false positives by the test methodology employed by ITI. A good journalist (or even an average journalist without agendas) would have seen this as a possible explanation.

    7. Query: Don’t all these point to some flaw in the testing by ITI?

    Malinda’s Response: No unfortunately what all these point to is a flaw in THIS COMMENTER’S reasoning process and data collecting.

    Further Query: Some brass to talk about reasoning and data collecting after trotting out answers like “who knows” and “no comment”!!!

    8. Query: Fonterra raised several issues on the testing methodology and Sunday Leader highlighted these.

    Malinda’s response: Fonterra will raise issues as it is in its interest to do so.

    Further Query: Umm, shouldn’t you as a journalist, highlight their positions clearly as well, and let the reader decide? Shouldn’t you at least explain their questions? This is not some inquisition – as a journalist you are expected to place cogent arguments before the court of public opinion. Not place selective material only.

    9. Query: The timing of the Media blitz coincided with the Weliwiriya massacre?

    Malinda Response- Bureaucratic inaction is not lack of seriousness.

    Further Query- A holistic approach to reporting will teach Malinda to connect the dots. See the patterns. To see motives. To understand the selective testing of products. To understand the selective testing of brands. To understand the incongruities in the findings. Unless he has the worst blindness – that is he will not see.

    10. Query: The timing of the Court action was suspicious.

    Malinda Response: “No comment”!!!

    Further Query: See response in 9. Learn to connect the dots.

    11. Query: Why has it not been banned in any other country?

    Malinda Response: Vigilant media in Sri Lanka.

    Further Query: Ha Ha- really good one. Unwittingly though Malinda lets one slip – One would have expected food safety to be determined not by the media but by the authorities- for it is they who have the capacity and testing mechanisms. By attributing the origin of the ban to the Media, Malinda is virtually admitting that this is a media driven circus.

    12. Query: Is there a link between Malinda and Champika (the bigger bigot)?

    Malinda Response: We have been keeping an eye on Sulaiman and waiting to sink their teeth into him.

    Further Query: Oooh. I’m terrified, stupefied and petrified by you. I hope you are not going to send a inter universe white van through your warp(ed) drive.

    P.s. this also implies that Malinda was unable to respond to the previous comments by me. Thanks.

    S

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      Sulaiman,the first I heard of this piece was when CT alerted me to it, i.e. a few minutes ago. So if you thought I replied, you are wrong. And going by your earlier moronic comment, you are not worth my time. Rant away….I will go write another article. Cheers and may you be blessed by the wisdom to figure out the true identities of people who use the name ‘Malinda’. Language and style identify, but you need to be smart enough to note nuance. Guess you are not. Pau oya!

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        That’s it Malinda. When you can’t respond run away. Way to go. Name calling and avoidance works very well. Your inability to respond without resorting to these kinds of tactics amply demonstrates your abilities.

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          I don’t have to respond to your response to someone you THINK is me, Sulaiman. And you’ve not responded to my contention that you are using an unsubstantiated claim mixed with a quarrel with someone else to call ME names. Frankly, you bore me to death. Get some sleep. Take care.

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            Avoidance again.

            Whether or not you used a pseudonym is besides the point. Your piece raises several questions. All of them point to either sub standard journalism or a devious attempt to scare people off foreign milk foods. The fear mongering is of course standard fare for you – i recall you had no qualms in using your daughters to promote an unsubstantiated allegation of rape against general Fonseka. As a father if two daughters, you claimed, you couldn’t vote for a man against whom there were allegations of rape! What a piece if work!

            in any event, just read the reply to your comment about unsubstantiated allegations above. Why can’t you still deny expressly your involvement? Why the dancing around?

            The bottom line is you may say you are bored, or that i have a sun standard intellect or you don’t have the time, but you never answer the queries. keep running.

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      Sulaiman:
      I am sure other readers of this material will share my opinion when I say that seeking an intelligent, principled discussion with Malinda Seneviratne is akin to asking Hitler how best to ensure the future of the Jews.
      Don’t waste your time on this most unprincipled acolyte of the Rajapassas.

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    They all know Anchor is big money and they are all trying to blackmail and get some stake from the profits. I won’t be surprised if the big names in politics including the GMOA president who has been recently exposed of some paid leave scam or the nurses union trying to to get something out of it. I won’t be surprised if they (company) don’t give in considering the company stake!!!!! If the hue and cry dies down tomorrow on a hierarchical order we know something ‘ekak’ atha maruwela!!!
    Each problem maker from the bottom (nurses, doctors, ministry officials, ministers and beyond) are thinking of making something for himself! But they will only pave the way for the top notches!!!!!!

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    Never in the history of this country did we hear of a coterie of racketeers milking the country as we witness today with political support.Dilith Jayaweera is well known racketeer so are the others the new rich.
    New Zealand is the largest supplier of milk to the world with over 90% of the market and that is through Fonterra.New Zealand enjoys a reputation as a clean almost corruption free country.These racketeers are trying to get some money by blackmail and Fonterra should not pay.Fonterra smudged their image badly by sheer neglect and a few heads have rolled.In Sri Lanka no heads roll be it with Ministers or high officials only small men get kicked out.This the day of rapists drug lords murderers and all who are undesireables like Duminda Silva,Mervin and Malaka,Lohan Ratwatte Nawalapitiya thug and so on and Rajathuma for survival looks the other way

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    What has happened to the Arsenic and Cadmium stories? If humans are affected arent the cows as well. With the Rathupaswela incident it is likely that our water sources are contaminated. People are sitting on a time bomb and government is covering up.

    Why dont the JHU, GMOA and Nurses Union talk about these issues? This is the type of hoodwinking and pseudo patriotism that is being bandied around in Sri Lanka. This is a hug coverup by making false charges against a reputed multinational supplier who maintains international standards. They have the transparency to admit their mistakes and recall the product. The CEO has resigned. Do such things happen in Sri Lanka?

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    Funny man you are Mr. Kusal Perera. This is called “kade yaama” in sinhala.

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    This is another ploy to take the media focus away from the Weliweriya, BBS and mosque attacks. Why doesn’t the GMOA address issues such as commissions earned by officials and politicians, sub standard drugs brought by mushroom companies some with a political hand in it. A previous minister had shadow companies supplying drugs of poor quality to the health sector. These are the big issues we face, not contamination with botulinum in supplies sent to China! Let the Chinese worry about it. Apparently the ITI reports have a small print sub heading to the effect that they are not responsible for any errors in estimations since it is done manually!! It’s a joke! Ultimately even other babyfood companies also has whey proteins in the baby formulae and were withdrawn. Typical kneejerk response of idiotic government officials who think only politically or fraudulently just to safeguard their ill gotten positions. None of the Health ministry appointments are now made on merit. Only bum-suckers have afield day.
    On the othere hand the government should be promoting local milk companies without allowing it to get into hands of politicians and also ensuring that there is NO contamination of the local milk! Do you think that DCD or botulinum in locally produced milk will ever be tested???
    Subha Anagathayak!!!

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    DCD is not even listed by USEPA or FDA. Why dont ITI, SLSI and GMOA specify the minimum tolerance limits instead of misleading the Public. These people may end up with an international legal suit against them if they continue playing this game.

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      why should we limit poisons – best is to advise to avoid such

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    This ha ho over milk makes me wonder whether this is a political strategy of arm twisting New Zealand to obtain their agreement on a quid pro quo on issues before CHOGM or UNCHR.

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    Mr Kusal Perera ,

    How much did the Fonterra PR agency pay you for this ?

    I remember you being a peace broker at one time in 2001-2002 supporting a separate state in sri lanka.

    So this is no wonder to come out from a person like you.

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    All the decisions forced into against Fonterra are based on test result of a few samples by ITI, which the Health ministry was not willing to accept, but forced by GMOA. If ITI has done a good job, as an institution having ISO accredited labs, they should be in a position to show whether the method they used was validated by them. Initially they told the Ministry of Health that ITI has no facilities to test, After few weeks they developed everything. Validation of a test method cannot be done overnight. That requires months of hard work. Let us challenge ITI to published the method validation data (This was the same thing that happened to kelaniya arsenic group when an academic challenged them. Up to now they have not published any information on validity of their test method. They live by news paper publicity and editors and journalists who do not understand science) Unfortunately ITI is following the same steps using whatever image they had to play politics with the New Minister and the New Governing Board. There is no science left in Sri Lanka. All so called scientists are playing for the tune of politicians to collect bones falling off the table. I am surprised that Fonterra did not challenge ITI legally to show their method validation data and prove that the UV detection method they talk of does not give false positives due to other compounds co-eluting from HPLC giving interfering absorbance with UV. That is why LC/MS/MS is used to detect DCD which is as a very low level requiring more sophisticated techniques than that used by ITI. ITI please publish method validation data,if the scientists are to accept that you are better than kelaniya arsenic group

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    It is understood that everybody tries to justifies anything to protect self, the only income source, benefits. But be careful that drugs are only for patients, but these “artificial things -drugs” are for infants without a disorder, people with normal health. This is a very good chance for general public to discuss the usefulness of artificial health supplements which are of ingredients with different purities and impurities.

    General public should be edified not to use any of processed products like this.

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    Watch out, what goes around comes around.

    Imagine the effects if someone decides to put our Highland milk powder through the same tests our politicians are putting the New Zealand milk through.

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    Watch out, what goes around comes around.

    Imagine the effects if some country decides to put our Highland milk powder through the same tests our Champika Ranawaka run-ITI is putting the New Zealand milk through. It wouldnt be botulism scare then but…god knows what they’ll find in them!Thank god they arent exported

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      sneha, You are right. I gave up a popular local milk from the uplands when I found a tuft of hair in the powder. It is good to promote local milk but in Sri Lanka we are not committed to quality and consistency. Too much politics.

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    According to scientific data there is no known toxic effect of this chemical.
    http://www.pesticideinfo.org/Detail_Chemical.jsp?Rec_Id=PC33428

    It is not a pesticide
    http://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/New%20Zealand%20Dairy%20Industry%20Grapples%20With%20Product%20Contaminant%20Issue_Wellington_New%20Zealand_3-14-2013.pdf

    “DCD is a biodegradable compound that has been further developed in New Zealand, for use on pasture land, from similar compounds used in Europe on cropping land. DCD aids in restricting nitrates that leach into groundwater, as well as N2O that is lost to the atmosphere. Only about 1 in every 24 dairy farmers in NZ have been using the chemical since the results are variable and not well proven. The compound has been available for use since 2004.”

    It has since been withdrawn from use.

    “On January 25, 2013 the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced that Dicyandiamide (DCD), a compound used to reduce nitrate leaching, would be taken off the market as a first response to very small traces of DCD that were found in some dairy products. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key was quick to downplay concerns about the safety of New Zealand milk that is tainted by Dicyandiamide (DCD). Fonterra initially made the find in products it had manufactured but at least two other processors have since had product that tested positive.”

    “DCD is used to inhibit nitrate leaching into waterways and to reduce nitrous oxide gas emissions from pasture land. Prime Minister Key told media on January 28 that reports by Chinese and U.S. media questioning the safety of New Zealand milk amounted to “misinformation”. The low levels of DCD that were found, were apparently 100 times lower than acceptable European food safety limits.”

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    ITI does not stand any more for Industrial Technology Institute, but Industry Terrorizing Individuals. Prove me wrong please

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    Excellent work Kusal! There is no point anybody 5taking about Milinda as he is no respectable journalist.

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