Stocks of contaminated coconut oil will be returned to Malaysia tomorrow
A senior Customs official said that five containers of coconut oil that have been found to contain the carcinogen Aflatoxin will be returned to Malaysia tomorrow (06).
Customs estimates that the five containers of coconut oil, which belong to a private company in the Katana region, contain around 100 metric tons of coconut oil.
The Food Safety Unit of the Ministry of Health, the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, and the Industrial Technology Institute conducted a quality control study and found that 13 containers of coconut oil imported by four private companies contained the aflatoxin carcinogen.
Customs has been ordered to return the coconut oil containers by relevant agencies.
The Customs official said that other stocks of coconut oil which failed the quality test will also be re-exported in the future and this stock is the beginning of the process.
The official said that steps were taken to bring the coconut oil back to the port from the warehouses of the company and it was confirmed that no coconut oil had been released from the warehouses of the company, Lankadeepa reported.
Two tankers of coconut oil belonged to another company that failed the quality tests have been seized in Dankotuwa recently and they are currently in the custody of the Customs.
A container of suspicious coconut oil was also seized and sealed in Dambulla recently.
Although coconut oil samples from these coconut oil bowsers and containers have been sent for testing, their results have not been received so far.
Minister of Public Security takes steps to establish 190 new police stations
Minister of Public Security Retired Rear Admiral Dr. Sarath Weerasekara says that steps will be taken to establish 190 new police stations in Sri Lanka.
These 190 police stations will be established in addition to the 494 existing police stations.
Inaugurating the new Iyankankulam Police Station, the Minister said that this measure was taken as a new step to create a society free of fear and suspicion for the people of this country.
Maradankeni and Iyankankulam areas in the North have been selected to build the first two Police stations under the program. Accordingly construction of the Iyankankulam Police station in the Mullaitivu Police Division has been completed and was declared open to the public on last Friday (02).
Due to the difficult terrain in the area, the people have to travel long distances to receive the services required from the police and therefore the need arose to create such police stations in between, the Minister said.
Furthermore the Minister added that he was informed by the public about the illegal activities in the area such as tree felling and sand mining.
He said that the environment of the country should be protected and if the environment is not protected, people will not be able to live and action will be taken to arrest those who destroy the environment.
The Minister said that he hoped to provide alternative employment to those who are working illegally due to unemployment and requested them not to damage the environment until then. Mr. Weerasekara said that the establishment of new police stations would enable to take immediate action against such acts.
Sri Lanka Foreign Minister thanks Russia and China for support in Geneva
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has met with the Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yuri Meteriy and Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong at the Foreign Ministry last Wednesday (31), Foreign Ministry said.
On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, the Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude to the Governments of Russia and China for the assistance extended to control the Covid-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka.
The Minister also conveyed his appreciation over the support for Sri Lanka, at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
The Minister met with the Ambassadors of the two countries separately and held discussions at length, on Sri Lanka’s friendly relations and bilateral cooperation with China and Russia.