Outdated sprats seized in Pettah
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) yesterday seized 20,000 kilos of
outdated sprats from a warehouse in Second Cross Street, Pettah while
the stock was being repacked for distribution.
The CAA officials who raided the warehouse have estimated that the
value of the seized consignment is around Rs. 5 million. When the CAA
officials raided the warehouse, the outdated sprats had been cleaned and
repacked to be released to the market, a Co-operatives and Internal
Ministry spokesman told the Sunday Observer yesterday.
Meanwhile, outdated sprats worth over Rs. 30 million were detected at
a mega storage facility at Elakanda, Hendala, during a raid by the CAA
last month. The consignment of sprats weighing over 47,000 kg was to be
released to the local market.
On the directive of Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister
Johnston Fernando, the CAA has conducted a series of raids to apprehend
errant importers and wholesale traders who reintroduce outdated food
items to the market, he said.
Minister Fernando has directed the CAA to intensify raids island-wide
to nab errant traders, including food outlets and eateries selling soft
drinks. CAA officials have been instructed to be vigilant and conduct
regular inspections and raids on traders who fail to supply quality
goods to consumers. Legal action will be taken against these traders who
breach the law.
These initiatives taken by the CAA have not only safeguarded
consumers, but has also generated a lot of income to the CAA through
fines imposed. The CAA has collected over Rs 90 million through fines
from raids and inspections conducted country-wide from January to
October last year, the spokesman said.