Mar 24, 2021

After sugar scam, did SLSI's Nushad release cancerous oil stocks? Featured

Sri Lanka Customs says the containers carrying a stock of imported coconut oil that contained cancer causing substance, were released after clearance from the SLSI.

Customs Director General Maj. Gen. (retired) Vijitha Ravipriya said any complaints regarding those oils should be referred to the SLSI.

"Two companies have imported 183,044 kg of coconut oil. The customs does not usually keep those oil in our yards as the SLSI takes days to test the quality of such oil. Normal practise is to release such oil to the yards operated by these companies... On March 4, we were informed that these oil stocks contained 'aflatoxin' and on that day itself, we wrote to the two companies asking to re-export those oil stocks," said Ravipriya.

The Food Safety Unit of the Health Ministry has identified that the samples taken from 13 containers brought down from four companies contained high levels of "Aflatoxin" which is a cancer causing substance.

But it was revealed on Tuesday (23) that despite a directie from that unit to re-export those oils, the customs has released the oils.

However, the SLSI Chairman Nushad Perera said that the samples taken from the controversial oil stocks did not confirm that they contain "aflatoxin" when his institute tested the samples.

He said accordingly, he gave green light to the customs to release them.

Nushad's History
Nushad faced allegations for causing a huge tax loss to the government due to his alleged involvement in the sugar scam and as a result, Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena removed him from the Chairman post of CWE.

Meanwhile, Minister Gunawardena requests the consumers to make complaints regarding any unhygienic coconut oil found in the market.

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