MoU signed with Sri Lankan company for food and drug testing

The Ministry of Health signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Sri Lankan company on Friday (October 3) to provide assistance in conducting laboratory testing for the Food and Drug Authority (FDA).

Acting Health Minister Mohamed Nazim signed the MoU on behalf of the government while N Sri Ram signed on behalf of the SGS Company.

According to the health ministry, SGS would provide assistance for the FDA during the next five years to conduct tests that were unavailable in the Maldives.

The national health laboratory’s capacity would also be improved during the five-year period, the ministry said.

SGS is an international company that conducts testing for product quality and potential health risks.


Recent wheat flour imports contain gravel, worms, and lice: FDA

The Maldives Food and Drug Authority (FDA) issued a food alert today (May 27) warning that recent imports of wheat flour contain gravel, worms, and lice, reports local media.

The FDA also advised local retailers to refrain from selling contaminated wheat flour stock.

The agency has received a “number of complaints” that stones and sand were found in recently sold wheat flour.

The FDA is currently conducting tests of wheat flour storage facilities in Male’, and thus far they have determined shipment number 4500003103, produced in March 2013 and set to expire on September 2013, did not contain any of the suspected contaminants.