It is reported that stocks of coconut oil imported by three private companies that were stored in their respective warehouses have been found to contain the carcinogenic 'Aflatoxin' for the third time. State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna said that the relevant companies have already been instructed to re-export the stocks of coconut oil as soon as possible.
Coconut oil imported into the country by three private companies was first found to contain carcinogens during tests carried out by the Food Safety Unit of the Ministry of Health and the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI).
The Food Safety Unit of the Ministry of Health and the SLSI first uncovered these stocks of substandard oil during routine checks on imported oil.
The Industrial Technology Institute also tested samples of coconut oil stored in warehouses belonging to these companies.
Accordingly, the results of the tests have been submitted to the Consumer Affairs Authority yesterday (01).
State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna told media that the tests carried out by the Industrial Technology Institute had also confirmed the aforementioned stocks of coconut oil to contain the carcinogenic aflatoxin.