New Zealand High Commission New Delhi, India
New Zealand Government reassures Sri Lankan consumers
The New Zealand Government wishes to reassure Sri Lankan consumers that food safety is a priority for all food produced in New Zealand for export to Sri Lanka.
New Zealand dairy products exported to Sri Lanka must conform to New Zealand’s domestic requirements and any additional requirements put in place by the Sri Lankan government. The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (New Zealand’s lead food safety agency) monitors this requirement.
While DCD does not pose a risk to human health at levels earlier detected in New Zealand milk products, DCD is no longer used on New Zealand farms. Exports direct from New Zealand to Sri Lanka from June 2013 have met strict rules regarding DCD. No dairy products have been withdrawn in New Zealand due to DCD.
The Ministry for Primary Industries also wishes to reassure Sri Lankan consumers that no whey protein concentrate (WPC) potentially contaminated with the bacteria C. botulinum have been exported from New Zealand to Sri Lanka.
The New Zealand Government is committed to working with the Sri Lankan Government to ensure the safety of all consumers of New Zealand dairy products.
The New Zealand Government has committed NZ$1.8 million over three years to a dairy development in the Wanni District and is looking at further opportunities to promote cooperation between our dairy communities.
MPI media phone +64 29 894 0328
New Zealand High Commission
15 August 2013