Court canteens found to be unhygienic

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council (PHD-CMC) yesterday said that legal action had been taken against three canteens fat the Hulftsdorp Chief Magistrate court following complaints of unhygienic conditions there.

Acting Food Inspector, M.B. Lal Kumara said that Maligakanda Chief Magistrate, Jayaki de Alwis had given a severe warning to the owners of the three canteens.

Lal Kumara said that the canteen owners had been ordered to effect improvements to their eateries before the next hearing on 16.11. 2015, Kumara said.

 The Acting Food Inspector said that the inspection team had also included the MOH for Central Colombo, Dr. Subash Mendis and PHIs D. P. L. Daskon and Shantha Weerasinghe.

 Meanwhile, legal action has also been taken against five eateries situated at Olcott Mawatha very close to the Fort Railway station. All of them, located on railway land, were unauthorised constructions, Kumara said.

Lal Kumara said that only four of the owners had appeared before Court.

The Acting Food Inspector said that the four eateries had been fined a total of Rs. 13,000 by the Maligakanda Magistrate for unhygienic conditions in their premises.

Kumara said raids were being conducted in all parts of the city and all errant eatery owners would be severely dealt with. He requested the public to inform the PHD-CMC of any issue concerning eating places in the city. "We will take prompt action to protect public health," Kumara said.

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