Dehiwala–Mount Lavinia Municipal Health Department Raid on outlets supplying food unfit for human consumption

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  •  Public complaints were made against traders taking the opportunity to dispose outdated food when large crowds flock to the city

By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath  

Dehiwala – Mount Lavinia Municipal Health Department has launched a crash prrogramme to save the public from unscrupulous traders supplying food unfit for human consumption during the festive season and the Wesak week.   
Head PHI Jayantha Dalukgoda said a series of public complaints were made against traders taking the opportunity to dispose outdated food when large crowds flock to the city during the ongoing new year festive season and the Wesak week. He said a team of PHIs carried out a raid on the Karagampitiya weekly fair and destroyed a large stock of rotten vegetables, potatoes, and date expired food. He said, fish vendors had violated sanitary and food safety regulations applicable to the storing of fish and that several fish vendors who were having fish on the ground exposed to dust and elements of nature were severely reprimanded.  


 Officials warned several traders for haphazard disposal of garbage including rotten vegetables and offal by dumping them by the roadside, much to the inconvenience of the public. They warned the traders concerned to refrain from dumping garbage by the roadside.  


The Head PHI said they would continue the raids on hotels, bakeries, groceries, supermarkets, restaurants, sandbars and even the danselas that had not obtained permission. He said the crash programme was launched on the instructions of Municipal Commissioner Dhammika Mutugala.  


PHIs Wasantha Pushapakumara, W.K. Jayasinghe and T.J.J.S.Peiris carried out the raids on the instructions of Head PHI Jayantha Dalukgoda.   

 

Officials warned several traders for haphazard disposal of garbage including rotten vegetables and offal by dumping them by the roadside, much to the inconvenience of the public