Minister Bandula Gunawardena has instructed the Consumer Affairs Authority to issue a new gazette notification regarding the blending of oils. The new gazette will be issued prohibiting the mixing of any edible oils with imported coconut oil. The Minister said in a statement that he had instructed to cancel the gazette notification issued in 2016 allowing the blending of other oils with imported coconut oil.
The Consumer Affairs Authority says 55 samples of tested coconut oil samples now available at the local market are free of harmful chemicals.
The Consumer Affairs Authority says that it has taken 125 samples of coconut oil now available at the local market. 55 of them have already been tested free of aflatoxin the carcinogen agent. Peradeniya University and Coconut Development Board had conducted these tests. Director General of the Coconut Development Board Dasitha Niroshana says that people should not have any fear to consume the coconut oil now available at the local market. However, it was already proved aflatoxin is available in the coconut oil stocks imported recently. But they are kept in the warehouses at the harbour and have been ordered to re-export.