May 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health has announced new regulations governing food imports to become effective from 1st of August.
According to the new regulations issued under the Food Act of 1980 food importers must ensure that imports reach the country prior to the expiration of a minimum of 60% of time before the expiry date.
The measure has taken by the Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena following revelation that certain food items reach Colombo port only a few days before the expiry date and the food items become unfit for human consumption within a few days.
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.
The Minister has instructed officials to strictly adhere to the new regulations.