Fonterra resumes operations in Sri Lanka

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — New Zealand diary giant Fonterra says it has resumed operations in Sri Lanka after temporarily closing its plant out of safety concerns for its staff.

The company said Wednesday that the decision to resume operations came after "a thorough assessment by management that there is no risk to Fonterra staff and that the situation has now stabilized."

Operations in Colombo were temporarily halted to ensure the safety of about 755 employees after members and supporters of a government-allied political party held a protest near Fonterra's office, accusing the company of selling tainted milk.

Fonterra recalled infant formula earlier this month after announcing it discovered the presence of botulism bacteria in some of its products. The company has since retested the product and found it free of the bacteria.