Authorities find fabric dye and gum in Slave Island food packing warehouse

Authorities find fabric dye and gum in Slave Island food packing warehouse

Written by Bella Dalima

11 Dec, 2013 | 11:23 pm

A stock of tomato sauce and chillie powder unsuitable for consumption has been found in a warehouse located in Slave Island. The Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade raided the warehouse based on a tip off received.

The Consumer Affairs Authority has seized stocks of tomato sauce and chillie powder, valued at Rs.300,000.  The Officer in Charge of Colombo District Raid Unit, Pradeep Kalutharaarchchi stated that this is a place where chillie powder is manufactured. Flour such as roasted rice flour is added to the chillie powder during manufacture.

Fabric dye is used to get the right colour and this is clearly unsuitable for consumption.

He said; “these people have another manufacturing plant and that is where the tomato sauce is made. Corn flour and an artificial gum is used to make the sauce. The gum acts like a thickening agent. Thereafter, they use artificial colouring and tomato paste in the mixture to make the tomato sauce.”

Officer in Charge of the Colombo District Raid Unit says that legal action will be taken in this matter.

 

 

 

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