'Barbara' arrives at Colombo Port to take away cancerous coconut oil

Priyasha Hettihewa (AN) | Published: 12:06 PM Apr 12 2021
Local 'Barbara' arrives at Colombo Port  to take away cancerous coconut oil

The process of re-exporting a consignment of crude coconut oil containing carcinogens, which was imported by Katana Refineries (Pvt) Ltd. commenced at 10:00 a.m. today (12).

The oil consignment will be re-exported to Malaysia, the Customs Media Spokesman, Deputy Director of Customs (Legal Affairs) Sudaththa Silva said.

This is the first shipment of carcinogenic coconut oil to be re-exported. Further investigations are underway into another two companies that imported coconut oil containing carcinogens.

Accordingly, 6 containers containing 105 metric tons of crude coconut oil containing carcinogens will bere-exported from Sri Lanka.

The ship 'Barbara' which arrived at the SAGT terminal in the Colombo harbour will be re-exporting the crude coconut oil, Customs spokesman said.

The 'Barbara' is currently stationed at the SAGT terminal and is scheduled to depart at around 05:00 p.m. today (12).

The six unrefined coconut oil consignments containing carcinogens were taken to the SAGT Terminal under the full supervision of the Sri Lanka Customs on 06 April, the Customs spokesman added. 

Priyasha Hettihewa (AN) | Published: 12:06 PM Apr 12 2021

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