Oil samples being tested in all 25 districts: Customs

Customs Director General Retired Maj. Gen. Vijitha Ravipriya said today that the samples were being tested in all 25 districts to find out if coconut oil containing toxic chemicals have been distributed in the local market.

If any wrongdoing had taken place, he said they were ready to take necessary action.

He was speaking at a cyber media briefing organized by the Ministry of Mass Media and Information today (31) at the National Development Media Center on Carcinogenic Coconut Oil and several other matters.

When the first sample of coconut oil, which is said to contain carcinogens, was inspected on March 4, it was confirmed that the oil was unfit for consumption as informed by the Standards Institution.

The Director General of Customs said that the Customs had informed three companies that a second sample test had been carried out at the request of the relevant companies and that the result was that the coconut oil was unfit for human consumption.

It has been confirmed that it contains the carcinogenic chemical aflatoxin.

Customs has instructed the relevant companies to re-export oil consignment as soon as possible after the results confirmed the presence of alflatoxins.

The Dankotuwa Police have seized two bowsers containing substandard coconut oil that have been recommended for re-export. The two bowsers have been handed over to the Customs, the Director General of Customs said.

The Director General of the Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Dr. Siddhika Senaratne further stated that the export of coconut oil is being done under full supervision.