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