Beware of Chinese egg powder products

By Madhushala Senaratne

In the wake of the contaminated milk crisis in China, authorities here are warning the public to beware of not just milk-based products from China, but also products containing egg powder which is used to flavour pastries, cooked pasta and confectionery products.

Health Ministry’s Assistant Food Control Director P. Madarasinghe told The Sunday Times the toxic chemical melamine had been detected in dried egg powder imported from China by a Japanese company.

“Egg powder is used in items like mayonnaise sauce,” he said. The official said the ministry was checking on such products. Last week, the Ministry took steps to withdraw some 60 products identified as melamine positive.

The Colombo Municipality’s Chief Medical Officer Pradeep Kariyawasam said PHIs had raided more than 100 supermarkets, grocery stores and warehouses.

Meanwhile, the Colombo High Court stayed a ruling by the Magistrate’s court, banning the sale of Edna chocolates, pending further inquiry.

Edna General Manager Thusitha Wijesinghe said Edna milk samples sent for testing had shown a clean report.

But Consumer Affairs Authority Chairman Rumy Marzook said test results from Singapore confirmed that milk powder imported from China by Edna contained melamine.

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