CMC raids warehouse with foodstuffs unfit for human consumption

By Dilanthi Jayamanne

The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council (PHD CMC) on Friday initiated legal action against the owner of a warehouse and the drivers of two container lorries on Old Moor Street for trading and conveying consumables unfit for human consumption.

PHD Chief, Pradeep Kariyawasam said that food inspectors and PHIs raided the warehouse on Thursday on information received by the Keselwatta police and sealed it after they discovered 257 bags of 50 kg rice, 22 bags of 50 kg dhal, 27 bags of 25 kg gram, 175 bags of 25g ‘watana’ dhal and 15 kilos of infant formula which were to be used in tea kiosks.

There were two sets of food wrappers - one had passed their date off expiry and the other with the expiry date ‘2013’.

He said that the two container lorries which were from Kilinochchi and Valaichenai contained 415 bags of 50 kg rice and a mixture of dhal and other gram which had been transported for what they claimed to be animal feed. However, they did not have letter of authorization from the Director General Health Services for transportation.

Samples were taken to be tested by the Government Analyst. The suspects were taken into custody, Dr. Kariyawasam said.

Food Inspector Lal Kumara from the Colombo Central MOH had taken steps to file action against the owners of the ware house and two containers at the Maligakanda Magistrate court. He said the case will be taken up for hearing on Tuesday (26).

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