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Be cautious when purchasing Avurudu sweets: CMC

13 April 2017 04:45 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Public Health Department of the Colombo Municipality yesterday warned consumers to be cautious when purchasing sweetmeat during this Avurudu season.

Commenting on this, Colombo Central Medical Health Officer Dr. Subash Mendis said many bakeries and wayside boutiques sold sweets that were prepared at least two to three weeks prior to the festive season.

“When the vendors fail to store sweets properly, they get infected with fungus. It is especially oily sweets like Kevum that could get infected. People should be vigilant not to buy such sweets,” he said.

“Due to the unavailability of ingredients to prepare sweetmeat during the festive season, the owners of several eateries use the ingredients they had purchased some time ago. There is a high chance of them being unhygienic. Therefore, it is better to avoid consuming such food. People should stick to homemade sweetmeat as much as possible,” he said.

Under the instructions of Colombo Municipality Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni, officials of the Health Department are carrying out continuous raids to nab errant vendors and seize unhygienic food items during the festive season.

People may contact the Food Hygiene Unit on hotline number 011-267 6161 to lodge any complaint about violations of food safety regulations. Several on-call PHIs will be available during the season. (Lahiru Pothmulla)


  Comments - 9

  • Ram Saturday, 15 April 2017 05:41 PM

    Sugar is a natural preservative. And coconut oil is now supposed to be good for you. ANY FOOD made and stored improperly is bad for you. If the oil is used over and over, it will get rancid. Health Services should also check all these shops for the fried food they make (365 days of the year) and check how many times the oil is changed.

    ceylon Friday, 14 April 2017 09:29 PM

    how can people do it .it can do only by government health authorities.good joke. via DM Android App

    Shelly. Thursday, 13 April 2017 04:37 PM

    They educate people only now. Not only too late but ....... via DM Android App

    sri Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:49 PM

    better to avoid purchasing/ eating out side. In healthwise it's always good to have home made food.

    Dee Thursday, 13 April 2017 07:56 PM

    Don't worry our people have a sweet tooth. They will eat anything as long as its sweet. The fact that even ants wont want it matters very little. No wonder todays kids are so chubby.

    Casanova Thursday, 13 April 2017 09:30 PM

    Taste the kevung before you purchase it, you sure will know whether its good or bad.

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 13 April 2017 10:57 PM

    Haha :)

    DrWho Saturday, 15 April 2017 11:09 AM

    These inspections before avurudu originated more than 10 years ago. This time the bus has already gone. Too little too late.

    Kadiya Friday, 14 April 2017 07:05 AM

    What's the big deal here? We've been eating sweets for years during the New Year, so what's the fuss now?

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