- Published on Thursday, 03 January 2013 10:41
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Legal action is to be taken against Sathosa officials who are responsible for purchasing a consignment of big onions not suitable for human consumption irrespective of their positions.
The Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade has appointed a committee to investigate into the imported big onion consignment which was found unfit for human consumption.
The Minister addressing a media conference at his Ministry yesterday said that the law will be implemented at its maximum level against the traders who sell items unsuitable for human consumption. He said that the Consumer Affairs Authority is working round the clock throughout the country to net these unscrupulous traders.
The Minister disclosed that 30,000 raids were carried out by the CAA last year and Rs.90 million were collected as fines from these raids.
The Minister said that investigations have also been commenced on the consignment of sugar unsuitable for consumption found from the Sedawatta area in Colombo.
Speaking further the Minister said that a programme is also being implemented to verify the standards and quality of imported food items before such items are released to the market. He said that action will also be taken against persons who do not use plastic crates for transportation of vegetables, and thereby contribute to a large percentage of perished vegetables. He said that rice stocks from areas such as Ampara will come into the market next week. (niz)