Written by News 1st
13 Dec, 2013 | 7:20 am
The Consumer Affairs Authority has launched over 3000 raids over the past ten days to prevent foods unsuitable for human consumption from entering the market.
The authority raided a sauce and chillie powder manufacturing plant in Slave Island on Thursday as part of this operation. Officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority first raided this establishment in Slave Island on December 11. During the initial raid, officials took into custody tomato sauce and chillie power worth nearly Rs. 300,000 that was unsuitable for human consumption.
However, officials of the authority raided the establishment once again on Thursday as area residents informed that the establishment had once again commenced operations. The Consumer Affairs Authority thereby took steps to seal all machines at the facility.
OIC of the Colombo District Raids Unit of the CAA, Pradeep Kalutararachchi said,
“We received a complaint from area residents that they had recommenced operations. We sealed the facility here in a manner where the machines are inoperable. The facility will remain sealed until the legal proceedings are concluded.”
Meanwhile, officers of the Consumer Affairs Authority confiscated three containers of goods unsuitable for consumption in the Ja Ela area on Thursday.
Chairman of the Authority, Rumi Marzook noted that the containers were filled with onions, potatoes, meat and other vegetables. Eight individuals have been arrested in connection to the raids and legal action has been initiated against these persons.
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