Food importers, under new regulations to be implemented, must ensure that imports reach Sri Lanka prior to the expiration of a minimum of 60% of time before the expiry date, the ministry of health said today.
A circular issued to this effect by the ministry under the Food Act of 1980 and the regulations will be effective from August 1st.
Health Minister Maitripala Sirisena has instructed officials to adhere to the new regulations to the letter as it was revealed that certain food items reach Colombo port only a few days before the expiry date and within a few days become unfit for human consumption, a Ministry spokesman said.
A survey conducted by the Food Consultative Committee of the health ministry has found that many traders sell food items even after the expiry date, Ministry spokesman W.M.D.Wanninayaka said.
“Traders are reluctant to discard food items that had passed the expiry date. This happens as traders import foods at the last moment not considering the time taken for loading, sea voyage and unloading which means only a few days remain to the expiry date when the food item reaches the market shelves,” Mr. Wanninayaka said. (Sandun A Jayasekera)
In the export market, goods that are closer to expiry could be bought at prices way bellow the standard price. This is a common trade trick by importers for higher profit margins. Good move by the Government..
xai bai Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:16 AM
Bird Eye Thursday, 19 May 2011 01:09 PM
OMG, you mean we never had this rule before? What a sleeping Nation.
Yehiya-Doha Thursday, 19 May 2011 03:18 PM
No this is wrong. What is the use of shelf life? Poor knowledge of Material Management.
Lal. Thursday, 19 May 2011 11:57 PM
It took so long to introduce this piece of legislation. What will happen to the product already on the shelves???
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