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CAA Rejects Price Hike For Milk Powder

The Consumer Affairs Authority has denied requests made by milk powder companies to permit the increase of milk powder prices.

The milk powder companies requested a Rs. 50 increase for a 1 kilo milk powder pack and Rs. 20-30 increase for a 400 gram pack.

In a bid to prevent an increase of milk powder prices, the government reduced the import duty on milk powder earlier in the year.

Meanwhile, baker owners have warned of a possible increase in bakery food items.

However, they have said there would not be an increase in the food items until the end of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year.

2 Comments for “CAA Rejects Price Hike For Milk Powder”

  1. Abeyratne

    CAA is very active when it comes to requests for increases from Private Firms, but looks the other side when the Govt. Litro Gas increased the price of gas.

  2. samare

    milk powder importers not only have to bear the burden of high world market prices they also have to obtain necessary analysis certificates from internationally accredited laboratories from exporting countries in line with SLSI requirements only to asked to repeat these tests by SLSI and Health Ministry (Food Inspection Unit) on arrival. The local costs for these tests will be anything from Rs 15,000/- to Rs50,000/- per container. The reason for these tests to be repeated in Sri Lanka is for the purpose of keeping afloat defunct white elephant govt laboratories who otherwise will need to be closed. The irony is that SLSI insists that an importer obtains the analysis certificates from Internationally accredited laboratories in the country of export but none of the laboratories in Sri Lanka who retest these milk powder in Sri Lanka have no accreditation for testing milk powder.

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