Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia MC Health Officials check consumer sales outlets

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By H.M.Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   

The Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Health Department has launched a swift programme to save consumers from unscrupulous traders who resort to shrewd tactics to dispose of their outdated food stuffs and the caterers who attempt to make a fast buck by feeding the public with food unfit for human consumption.   

Municipal MOH Dr. Indika Ellawala said a team of officials was deployed to carry out continual raids and to take legal action against the traders and caterers who violated sanitary regulations applicable to the supply of food and the food safety regulations.   

He said the programme was kicked off from the Ratmalana area where several hotels, groceries, bakeries and vegetable and fruit stalls were checked and a large stock of food unfit for human consumption destroyed. The management of a super market was issued letters of warning and red notice to effect repairs to the stores area infested with rats, and cockroaches and to report within 14 days for inspection.   

Dr. Ellawala warned the public to be cautious when consuming meals at wayside hotels and buying consumer goods from supermarkets and groceries during the festive season. He said that in many instances the traders had removed the labels carrying the expiry dates and replaced with new labels regardless of possible danger of food poisoning. He pointed out that consumers should be cautious of the quality of vegetables and fruits sold by petty traders by the roadside for cheaper prices.   

Administrative PHI Lalith Perera, area PHIs N.C.Kaldera, Nuwal Maduranga, Nuwal Neegahakotuwa, W.G.Rashmiks carried out the raids under the supervision of Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Indika Ellawala.