PHIs net Rs 163,000 in fines -- with 139 raids in 14 days

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - By K.L. Richard Wal­ter Per­era

Last year, Pub­lic Health In­spec­tors ( PHI) in the Katana MOH area, un­der the su­per­vi­sion o f SPHI S. A. U. T. Ku­lathi­laka, con­ducted 139 raids in 14 days, on ho­tels and bak­eries and filed cases against sell­ers and man­u­fac­tur­ers of food and drinks not fit for hu­man con­sump­tion, which net­ted Rs 163,000 in fines.

SPHI Ku­lathi­laka told the Sun­day Times, "Some­times we de­stroy other items not prop­erly main­tained and used by traders or busi­ness­men, as they pose a threat to healthy life. This we do be­cause we have to file more cases against one per­son, as they of­ten com­mit more of­fences when we raid them. Then it would amount to more fines, which some­times a nor­mal busi­ness­man can­not af­ford to pay."

"How­ever, deal­ers can­not be par­doned. They say it hap­pens due to their ig­no­rance, but it can­not be so. We have in­formed them of safety mea­sures sev­eral times. Last year alone we sum­moned them 44 times."

He fur­ther said, "We al­ways main­tain vig­i­lance on er­rant deal-

Some­times we de­stroy other items not prop­erly main­tained and used by traders or busi­ness­men, as they pose a threat to healthy life

ers. We don’t mind the sta­tus of such per­sons or their es­tab­lish­ment. On Oc­to­ber 18, PHI Sam­path Nalinda and I raided a ho­tel at Kan­da­surindugama in Akkara­panaha, and found a 500 ml ‘Kist’ mango bot­tle man­u­fac­tured by ‘ Cargills’( man­u­fac­tured date 2018.07.11. Date of ex­piry 2019.01.11). This bot­tle's con­tents were dis­coloured, with some areats black­ened, while about 2 cms in height was very clear. Now we are go­ing to file ac­tion against this man­u­fac­turer."

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