MOH office warns public to be cautious when buying food stuffs

Published : 8:58 am  May 31, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (312) reads | 

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By Saman Kariyawasam and Kusal Chamath   

Health authorities in Panadura have warned the public to be cautious when partaking meals served at hotels and restaurants in Panadura town. They pointed out that food stuffs available at several wayside hotels and restaurants were not fit for human consumption and that they warned the traders concerned during their inspections.   


A spokesman for the Panadura MOH office said several hotels providing Chinese and Indian food were not up to the required standard of sanitation and food safety. 


He said the PHIs had carried out inspections and severely reprimanded the traders concerned and ordered them to improve the conditions of their business establishments in keeping with required standards or else they would be liable to legal action against them.  


PHIs said food had been stored without least concern about the sanitary regulations in rooms infested with rats, cockroaches, flies, and geckoes while the state of kitchens in several hotels had not been cleaned for a longtime and it was shocking to find that vegetables and herbs were washed with water brought from toilets adjacent to the kitchen. 


He said the workers in hotels were wearing dirty clothes and most of them were not physically fit to be employed as hotel workers.   


Panadura MOH Dr. Sandaruwan Hettiarachchi said he launched a crash programme to inspect all business establishments engaging in the supply of food including supermarkets and legal action taken against several traders who violated the sanitary regulations. He said a team of PHIs was continuing the raids.     

 

 

PHIs had carried out inspections and severely reprimanded the traders concerned and ordered them to improve the conditions of their business establishments in keeping with required standards or else they would be liable to legal action against them

 

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