Vigilant eye on school canteen
School canteens islandwide are under surveillance due to the
persistent violation of the School Canteen Policy, Director Information,
Consumer Affairs Authority, Chandrika Thilekeratne told the Sunday
"Our investigating officers visited school canteens in all districts
for the past 2-3 months due to the increasing number of complaints from
parents that the canteens are not complying with the regulations under
the Food Act. Canteens violating these regulations have been closed
temporarily until their shortcomings are" rectified, she said. She said
the inspecting team was checking the sanitary conditions of the canteens
within and outside, the manner in which food was served and whether the
food served was hygienic and wholesome.
"It will be an ongoing program till the school canteens in all
districts are covered", she said.
The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) authorities have also launched a
food safety program targeting school canteens to inspect their sanitary
conditions and monitor them. CMC sources said investigations had
revealed that the relevant school authorities running the canteens, had
ignored the School Canteen Policy- prohibiting the preparation and sale
of unhealthy foods containing wheat flour, excessive salt and oil and
sweetmeats using unsafe artificial colouring and preservatives.
The Sunday Observer learns that the CMC will introduce a healthy
fruit juice to school canteens as a substitute for the fizzy sweetened
drinks that cause diabetes and hyperactivity in children.