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Health Ministry instructed to conduct comprehensive probe into harmful substances in food

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The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has informed the officials of the Ministry of Health to conduct an immediate and comprehensive inspection regarding the harmful substances in food including imported food items such as coconut oil given that such authority is vested with the Ministry of Health.

The Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts Prof. Tissa Vitharana informed the officials that laboratory facilities for food testing should be improved and the laws pertaining to food security should be amended expeditiously.

State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, the former COPA Chairman pointed out that the situation has worsened due to the lack of proper coordination among food testing laboratories.

It was discussed at the COPA meeting that a number of issues are currently arising due to the non-implementation of a proper program for food security in the country.

MP Harini Amarasuriya emphasized on the fact that cosmetics imported into the country contain highly harmful chemicals. The Committee was of the view that it was very important to formulate a proper regulatory system for the importation of beauty products and instructed the officials of the Ministry of Health to take immediate action on this regard.

Given that the rules of the Ministry of Health are in force for food, the Chairman of the Committee, Prof. Tissa Vitharana emphasized the need to take immediate action to check the quality of food.

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  • Yasin Friday, 16 April 2021 04:51 PM

    So as of now.. how many investigations and committees are there? I’ve lost track. NOTHING has come from these investigations/committees, it’s backward looking and a waste of public money.

    RoaringCreek Friday, 16 April 2021 04:54 PM

    It is the responsibility of a government to see to the safety of its people. This government bragged of nation security and food is part of it. The people have been let down badly. This to kick then out.

    Aseela Friday, 16 April 2021 04:55 PM

    First conduct probe into Penniya and Muttiya. ???

    Jeeves Friday, 16 April 2021 09:42 PM

    Perhaps it's time to develop a Food Standards' Agency to check and monitor our food products; both locally produced and imported.


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