The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday approved to appoint a sub-committee to examine the contaminated milk issue.
The cabinet has noted that the immediate action taken by the Ministry of Health to stop the release of imported milk with Whey Protein Concentrate to the market action has led to many implications.
Tests conducted within the country by the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) of Sri Lanka have shown that four brands of milk powder were contaminated with the toxic agrochemical Dicyandiamide and the results led to the Ministry to order the removal of 39 metric tons of milk powder from the country's stores.
The cabinet has therefore approved the appointment of a sub-committee comprising relevant senior ministers to ensure the availability of adequate amount of milk powder including infant milk formula, increased local milk production, processing and marketing and also to meet nutritional requirement of the people.
The ministers are tasked to examine the issue and submit a report to the next meeting of the Cabinet, with suggestions for consideration.