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Sri Lanka: Injunction Against Posters Criticizing Dairy Company Linked to Melamine

(Oct. 8, 2008) It was reported on October 3, 2008, that a district court in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital, issued an injunction against a poster campaign in the city. The posters displayed slogans criticizing Fonterra Brands, a New Zealand-based company that owns 43 percent of San Lu, the Chinese dairy company at the center of the melamine poisoning scandal.

Fonterra Brands is a subsidiary of Fonterra, the world's sixth largest dairy corporation. The company reported to the court that the milk-based products it sold in Sri Lanka under a number of brand names were safe for human consumption, because they had all been produced from raw materials from Sri Lanka itself or from New Zealand, with no contaminated Chinese-source milk. Achyut Reddy, the company's director for Sri Lanka, also stated that the products undergo rigorous quality controls. Furthermore, the New Zealand Food Safety Authority has circulated a report stating that dairy products from New Zealand were tested for the presence of melamine and for cyanuric acid and found to be uncontaminated. (Sri Lanka Fonterra Unit Says No Chinese Milk in Its Products, LANKA BUSINESS ONLINE, Sept. 29, 2008, available at; Sri Lanka District Court Issues Injunction Against Poster Campaign on Fonterra, COLOMBOPAGE, Oct. 3, 2008, available at