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Raids will be carried out at supermarket complexes in the city by the Colombo Municipality Public Health Department due to the increase in complaints of the standard of food and beverages sold at the food courts of the shopping complexes.

When conducting several health related programmes, health officials discovered houseflies, rats and roaches in food courts in supermarket complexes in Bamabalapitiya, Kollupitiya and Narahenpita.

CMC Chief Health Officer (CMO) Dr. Ruwan Wijeyamuni said that although cooking was not permitted in ground floor stalls, it was a law that was often violated that led to poor hygiene.

“Kitchens of these food court stalls are not properly maintained. Ants, houseflies, rats and roaches have been seen by customers on several occasions. We are investigating whether the food and beverage items are also contaminated by such vermin,” he said.

The CMO went on to say they would obtain samples of food and beverages sold from these places.
“We will send them to be tested and if we find them to be contaminated we will take legal action under the Food Act,” Dr. Wijeyamuni said.

He said raids will be conducted by health inspectors at every supermarket complex within the city limits soon.

The public are encouraged to call 0112676161 for complaints and reports of any instances of sub-standard food and beverage items sold at any supermarket complex, stall or restaurant.

He added that complaints will be filed with the Central Food Safety Unit of the CMC and action will be taken thereafter by health officers. (Piyumi Fonseka)
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  • Henry Sunday, 06 September 2015 03:41 PM

    Who is responsible for Houseflies, rats and roaches bred in gutters / drains public places etc ? Why not CMC start from there?

    Bippity Boppity Boo Friday, 04 September 2015 08:28 PM

    I have spotted a very vulnerable restaurant. It is built on the middle of the Beira Lake in a location called the "Floating Market". Aerators are use to clean the water and is done by blowing a spraying of water to the air. These water droplets sail on through the restaurant and may land on your food. I have patronised this place a few time and have ended up with indigestion. This place should be first property for checking by the CMC.

    Asoka Friday, 04 September 2015 09:27 PM

    Aiyo, this is eye wash. Municipal Officers getting bribes under the carpet and this is normal game in Sri Lanka.

    kondaya77 Saturday, 05 September 2015 10:57 PM

    The Asians are not clean in this type of business.

    Dingiri Friday, 04 September 2015 09:34 PM

    Food poisoning is a major complaint as they keep food in the open. Name and shame the outlets.

    Mihiri Friday, 04 September 2015 09:40 PM

    SL is a favorite destination for expired food items because it is easy to get away if caught.

    karu Friday, 04 September 2015 10:21 PM

    Public is to blame. Why patronize these outlets. Some of them stink like hell. They can sell any damn under dimmed lights. via DM Android App

    TONY Friday, 04 September 2015 10:21 PM

    WHY INSPECT FOOD COURTS ONLY IN SUPERMARKETS. THEY SHOULD INSPECT ALL FOOD OUTLETS.

    jacky Friday, 04 September 2015 10:45 PM

    pls check roots if there fruits are good speacily whenaking a fruit salad via DM Android App

    Ram Saturday, 05 September 2015 12:59 AM

    Pizzas with fake cheese should be banned.

    kan Friday, 04 September 2015 04:48 PM

    Many people have got food poisoning after eating at food courts in Colombo. You must raid suddenly these before warning them.

    james Friday, 04 September 2015 04:50 PM

    meanwhile.... the tea boutique next to the Colombo CMC swarms with flies in the shop and inside the display cupboards.

    Aruna Friday, 04 September 2015 05:04 PM

    good job

    rohan Saturday, 05 September 2015 05:53 AM

    Nothing will happen. they all will be paid off as usual.These are just to excite people

    Sapu Friday, 04 September 2015 05:23 PM

    Good work

    Abdul Saturday, 05 September 2015 06:17 AM

    how about raiding restaurants selling soft drinks two times higher than the regular price ? i assume the permitted service charge percentage is 10% only

    k.soysa Friday, 04 September 2015 05:31 PM

    At last, someone has become aware of the many short-comings in these "super" markets !! On many occasions, we bought fish, fruits etc that was bad.

    kan Friday, 04 September 2015 05:45 PM

    This is common every where.

    kan Friday, 04 September 2015 05:48 PM

    Flies are common in mostly in Chinese Restaurants, and boutiques.


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