Calorie Counter at Colombo 7 raided

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Popular restaurant Calorie Counter at Ward Place, Colombo 7 which targets health-conscious patrons and markets itself as such, was raided by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) health officials on Tuesday (12) for allegedly violating food safety regulations.

A check of the freezer at the restaurant showed that food items unsuitable for human consumption had been stored inside it. The management was ordered to shut down the restaurant and told it would be allowed to re-open only after fulfilling the standards required of them by the CMC.

Apart from closure, legal action too was to be instituted against the restaurant, which was among 26 others that were also raided.

The Colombo Municipality’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said 68 restaurants and eating houses within the Colombo 7 and Colombo 8 areas were inspected on Tuesday.

“Twenty eight restaurants were found to have transgressed and 12 restaurants were given correctional notices. Yesterday, we conducted raids in several areas in Central Colombo including Slave Island and Maradana. We are continuing to inspect restaurants, hotels and other easting houses within the City of Colombo to make sure that they are being maintained according to the standards set. Since there is no Dengue outbreak, we are using the entire force of health department officials to conduct these raids. Six Medical Officers of Health (MoHs) and about 50 Public Health Officers (PHOs) are conducting these raids. This is a new approach we have adopted to maintain the standards of our restaurants and eating houses,” he told the Daily Mirror.

Meanwhile, Cinnamon Gardens and Borella area Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Dr. Subash Mendis said they inspected 94 eating places while court cases were filed against 32 of them. Nine restaurants had also been issued with severe warnings.

Dr. Mendis said they destroyed 182 kilos of food items such as curd, chicken and roti which were found to be unsuitable for human consumption on Tuesday (12) while 115 kilos of food items were destroyed yesterday (13). (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 5

  • E.H.pemaratne Thursday, 14 March 2019 03:54 AM

    Sri Lanka is notorious for selling adulterated food even in the dry forms. if this is done away with our health costs can be brought down at least by half.Must offer bouquet of flowers to the government officials who attend these without being tempted by cash.

    Concerned citizen Kurunegala Thursday, 14 March 2019 05:53 AM

    Hats off to courageous MOH s and all the other relevant officials of the Ministry of Health! I am sure that these officers will have a lot of pressure from corrupt politicians to stop the raids soon. Please dont stop this meritorious act to prevent us eating from poisonous foods from so called eating houses.

    Sirisena Thursday, 14 March 2019 06:08 AM

    Any thing is possible in Banana Republic

    City Thursday, 14 March 2019 06:36 AM

    Well done Sir, please check the night eat outside also.

    Mohandev Thursday, 14 March 2019 06:43 AM

    Good food for yamapalana rich babies who patronize these high class yuppy eating waterholes. Game kopi Kade is still far better than most of these hell houses

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