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By Indika Sri Aravinda

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is to file legal action against 30 bakeries operating in Colombo and Gampaha for selling a loaf of bread below the standard weight of 450g, CAA Chairman Rumy Marzook told Daily Mirror online.

Marzook said that raids were carried out on these bakeries today and legal action will be imitated next week after it was found that they were selling bread below the standard weight. He added that similar raids will be carried out over the next few days.

The CAA Chairman also warned that strict action will be taken against stores which fail to display the price of products on sale. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 15

  • I Hussein Friday, 25 June 2010 07:45 AM

    Mr Jayatilleke, let me emphasize pls, that 1/4 pound of bread per person per day (unhygenic & discoloured flour). Imagine the torture that the people have gone thru'? People stood in queues for several hours for every basic item - Yes those days are coming soon.

    citizen1 Thursday, 24 June 2010 07:25 PM

    Bakers might just resort to adding substances to get the correct weight, much to the detriment of our health.

    Uragodage Thursday, 24 June 2010 11:28 AM

    Is this just an eye wash to divert public attention of increased bakery product prices.CAA was faster sleeping all these days.

    MaPer Friday, 25 June 2010 03:50 AM

    There should be a law to standardise the weight of bread in keeping with the price - pro rata basis. Possibly there could be a 1/2 pound of 250 gms size of bread too, as most people now cannot afford to eat the same quantity of bread. So have it in sizes of 1lr & 1/2 lb or 500 gms & 250 gms - there should be no differenciation in the weight of the loaf of bread - and no fluctuation of prices according to varying weights.

    Tharaka Chanaka Friday, 25 June 2010 04:30 AM

    Wow. I remember the good old days where bread was only Rs. 3.50/- ... seems like we got suckered again...

    Calistus Jayatilleke Friday, 25 June 2010 04:40 AM

    Not 1/2 pound, but they should very soon have a price fixed for 1/4 pound as well, at the rate the prices are going up. Some would recall that during the infamous seven year rule of Mrs. B, only a 1/4 pound bread was issued per ration book holder, and that too after waiting in a queue for hours. Those days are not far away again.

    francis Thursday, 24 June 2010 01:10 PM

    Officers of the CAA were actually sitting on laurels all these years and suddenly became active enmasse for reasons well known to them only.I myself brought a clear case of supplying inferior quality household fittings by a contractor and your office just washed the hands off though there was ample proof. How can you go behind all the bakeries, vegetable vendors and retailers and whom are you and your authority trying to hoodwink.

    R.Dias Thursday, 24 June 2010 01:12 PM

    1Lb. = 454gms - weight of a loaf is 450gms?? Assuming new Price of a kg of Flour is Rs. 76.50, the 450gm cost Rs.34.425 and 900gm cost Rs.68.85 leaving Rs.7.65 profit or a margin of 10% to bakers. However with additives such as yeast / margarine and WATER the requirement of flour for a loaf is approx. 300gms which means the bakers yet make 10% baking 3 loaves from a kg at manufacturing stage. This price increase of Rs.4.00 alone has given the bakers a 20% margin on a 50Kg bag of Flour and on the selling price of approx. 167 loaves of bread at Rs.54.00 they yet make 20% ???????
    The weight of a loaf of bread should be 500g and not 450gms. Why the CAA has allowed bakeries to follow a different rule when the entire Country is working on Metric Volumes / weights for the last 30 years ?

    R.Dias Thursday, 24 June 2010 01:55 PM


    david Thursday, 24 June 2010 02:01 PM

    Promises over promises at the elections and now all prices are going up. Now big sharks are sitting on big income and catch those small people for petty fault and drag them to court to get more money.
    Heart pains when see these people and their actions.

    SW Thursday, 24 June 2010 02:38 PM

    This is very unfair picking on the small man. Better to start taking action against corrupt Ministers or at least Cricket Board officials.

    Ranjith Silvaranjith Thursday, 24 June 2010 02:40 PM

    Pls give us the method to assist CAA and contact numbers of CAA to make complains.

    artfulodger Friday, 25 June 2010 06:06 AM

    Mr. Dias, dont forget there are other costs involved in baking bread apart from flour, yeast and margerine. Did you know that quality of flour is so poor that even calcium needs to be added to get a proper loaf of bread. this apart, there is cost of labour, gas, rent, tax, electricity and other overhead costs. therefore your calculation seems way off . I am not a baker, but no point blaming the baker, they are in a business and not a charity...

    citizen1 Thursday, 24 June 2010 03:13 PM

    They take legal action over the most bizzare matters, yet let the real crimes go unpunished. A person can die due to state negligence but they will instead go after local bakeries and handholding!

    francis Friday, 25 June 2010 06:29 AM

    carrying a loaf of bread will soon become a symbol of status and a tool to show how influential you are politically.

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