Three containers with dried chillies, valued at about Rs.10 million, imported from China, had been seized at the Orugodawatte Container yard this evening, Deputy Customs Director Parakrama Basnayake said.
He said upon inspection it was revealed that the three containers had been stocked with 63,500kgs of dried chillies which were not fit for human consumption.
The containers had been examined at the Customs Revenue Task Force Division at the Rank Container Terminal (RCT) in Orugodawatta.
Investigations revealed the dried chillies had been imported by a leading company dealing with food imports located on the Fifth Cross Street in Pettah.
The containers, which had arrived in Colombo seven weeks ago from China, had been kept at the RCT for 21 days, and were thought to have been outdated even before being shipped. The consignment did not even have a Quality Assurance certificate from the Food and Beverage Industry of Sri Lanka,” Mr. Basnayake said.
During the customs investigations it had been revealed that this business had been going on for a long period of time. “The goods are to be confiscated and later we will decide on how best to destroy the chilies without harming the environment,” he said.
The investigations were carried out by Customs Director K.D.R. Christy, Deputy Customs Director P.J.B Basnayake, Customs Superintendent H.D. Dayananda, Assistant Preventive Officers S.V. Kamburugamuwa and A.K.K Thushara. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
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Comments - 6
Jude Friday, 13 May 2016 01:32 PM
In this department Paga comes without intentions as that is the norm.
Yehiya Friday, 13 May 2016 03:46 PM
this is not importers mistake. supplier mislead. Bring some stand for import food product with country quality certificate.
Nelum Fernando Friday, 13 May 2016 02:33 AM
These are for locally made chilli paste and chilli sauce.
Kugan Friday, 13 May 2016 05:56 AM
Chinese do grow chillies and export them...how about our local growers
Ceylonese Friday, 13 May 2016 07:12 AM
Beware food imported from China are usually contaminated and full of chemicals.
Ian Friday, 13 May 2016 11:47 AM
Paga did not reach the intended person.
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