Ratmalana and Mount Lavinia MOH areas Violation of food safety and sanitary regulations severely dealt with

Published : 12:02 am  September 18, 2018 | No comments so far |  | 


 reads | 


By H.M. Dharmapala and Kusal Chamath   

A large stock of food unfit for human consumption was destroyed and the traders who had violated sanitary regulations and food safety regulations were severely warned.  

 Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Indika Ellawala had carried out the raid on public complaints on the insanitary state of hotels, bakeries and catering services in Ratmalana and Mount Lavinia areas. Dr. Ellawala said in several hotels beef, chicken and fish had been stored with other food stuffs including ice cream and desserts. He said a stock of used cooking oil which had not been discarded, raw potatoes and rice infested with worms and weevils, a stock of Kottu, mushroom, rotten big onion, date expired cool drinks, biscuits and cooked meals unfit for human consumption were destroyed.   

Dr. Ellawala said food had been stored without the least concern for sanitary regulations in rooms infested with rats, cockroaches, flies, and gechoes, 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 for employment as hotel workers.  

The businessmen who violated the food safety regulations and sanitary regulations were severely warned and instructed to improve the standard of their business premises and to inform through the area PHI for further inspection or else legal action would be taken against them. Dr. Ellawala said a large stock of outdated flour was found in one of the bakeries and it was destroyed with the consent of the businessman and legal action taken against him.   
Administrative PHI Lalith Wasantha Perera, Colombo District Food and Drug Inspector W.N.R. Alwis, area PHIs H.S. Kaldera, R.P.T.S. Rajapakse, D.J.S.M. Kumaratunga, H.G.N.C.B. Meegahakotuwa and W.P. Rashmika carried out the raids on the instructions of the CMOH Dr. Indika Ellawala.