More spoilt food galore
Short eats under close scutiny:
All short eats sold in the city have come under the scrutiny of food
authorities following rising complaints of contaminated food being sold
in Colombo's food outlets.
"The complaints regarding sub standard short eats have zoomed in the
past few months especially before and during religious and national
festivals, with several owners of boutiques, restaurants, cafes and even
star class hotels being taken to court and fined", Chief Food Inspector,
Colombo Municipal Council, Lal Kumara told the Sunday Observer.
He said food outlets run on the premises of various houses were among
the worst offenders. "They sell food cooked early morning , throughout
the day without keeping them in their hot cupboards to save on
electricity. The food is also exposed to flies and ants, and handled
They use old oil and refry the food several times. They also wrap
food in newspapers which stains the food with lead.
This is why communicable and non communicable diseases are on the
rise", he charged.
He said most of these outlets run by individuals were not registered
with the CMC. " It is a violation to run a food outlet without being
registered as it has to be properly inspected," he noted.
He said during the recent Ramazan festival, PHI's found food with
spoilt ingredients and sweetmeats such as Boondhi and toffees being sold
with harmful dyes, in several wayside boutiques especially in the Fort
and the Pettah. " We have already made several arrests and taken the
owners to courts", he said.
He appealed to the public for help to detect offenders of the Food
Law. Complaints of substandard food should be made to 2676161 or the
nearest PHI in their respective area, he said.