Forty tonnes of milk pow­der meant for an­i­mals re­leased to mar­ket

CAA raid nets main sus­pect in Kuliyapi­tiya

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAHINDA NISSANKA

The Con­sumer Af­fairs Au­thor­ity(caa) had un­cov­ered a racket in which pow­dered milk that was meant for an­i­mals had been re­la­belled and sold to com­pa­nies turn­ing out yo­ghurt, ice cream and bis­cuits for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The CAA said that this racket had come to light after the owner of a com­pany man­u­fac­tur­ing an­i­mal food was ar­rested in Kuliyapi­tiya on Satur­day (12).After ques­tion­ing the sus­pect it was learnt that while 160 met­ric tonnes of pow­dered milk meant for an­i­mals was con­fis­cated by the au­thor­i­ties this rack­e­teer had al­ready re­leased 40 met­ric tonnes into the mar­ket dis­guised as pow­dered milk fit for hu­man con­sump­tion.

The Au­thor­ity said that a logo sim­i­lar to that of a lead­ing pow­dered milk com­pany had been used on the pack­ets to mar­ket the 200 tonnes of pow­dered milk which had a mar­ket value of Rs. 1 bil­lion.

This rack­e­teer had al­legedly closed down his an­i­mal food man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany in Kuliyapi­tiya many years ago and he had ob­tained 720 met­ric tonnes of an­i­mal feed through a ten­der. This rack­e­teer had been taken into cus­tody by the of­fi­cers com­ing un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Con­sumer Au­thor­ity As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor N. Ja­soor.

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