Carcinogenic coconut oil returns to Malaysia
By Nabiya Vaffoor
The process of re-exporting a consignment of crude coconut oil containing carcinogens, imported by local company, commenced yesterday (12).
The consignment was loaded onto the shipping vessel ‘Barbara’ anchored at the SAGT Terminal and six containers were thereby being re-exported to Malaysia from the Colombo Port.
“Investigations revealed that the relevant coconut oil stock contained high levels of Aflatoxin, thereby, the Sri Lanka Customs ordered the relevant company to re-export the stock,” Media Spokesperson and Deputy Director of Sri Lanka Customs Sudattha Silva stated adding that this has been taking place over the past three decades.
He also noted that the company was ordered to pay a fine and to bear the expenses of the re-shipment process while stating that steps will be taken to ensure that the imported consignment of crude coconut oil tallies with the consignment that was being re-shipped.
On 6 April, the consignment of coconut oil was taken from the importer’s private warehouse to the Colombo Port under the supervision of Customs officials. On the instructions of Director General of Customs Major General (Retired) Vijitha Ravipriya, a team of officers from the Customs Preventive Directorate and the Customs Central Cargo Examination Directorate will visit the SAGT Terminal to monitor the re-shipment process.