When Worlds Collide #81: Who Added Conspiracy to Our Milk?

When Worlds Collide, by Nalaka Gunawardene

Text of my ‘When Worlds Collide’ column published in Ceylon Today Sunday broadsheet newspaper on 1 September 2013

Cow jumped over the moon

After nearly a month of confusion and panic, the government now says it “probably overreacted” in its response to stories of contamination in milk powder imported from New Zealand.

“There was a debate that built up in the country over this issue,” information minister Keheliya Rambukwelle told reporters on August 30. “I personally think our response was beyond the actual need. There was an overreaction when thinking in technical terms.”

The minister added, however, that a government always erred on the side of caution in trying to protect consumers.

In early August, Sri Lanka stopped the import of milk from New Zealand after discovering trace amounts of dicyanamide (DCD) a fertilizer additive, in four batches of milk sold by several firms. Concerns were also expressed on the presence of whey protein…

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