Court issues notice on three ‘posha’ companies

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Colombo Additional Magistrate Manjula Ratnayake yesterday (21) issued notice on Directors of three companies that manufacture and sell nutritional alternatives for ‘Thriposha’ to appear before Court on 18 November.

They have been charged with the manufacture and distribution of products containing Aflatoxin above the standard average.

The Court issued notice to the respondents, having perused a complaint lodged by PHI P.A.S. Kasun attached to the Gothatuwa MOH. The Gothatuwa MOH has filed a lawsuit before the Colombo Chief Magistrate against the Directors of these three firms, over the production and distribution of the products for children.

The plaintiff has stated that the samples of the food item manufactured at these companies had been handed over for tests to the Government Analyst Department in Battaramulla.

He further stated that following reports from the Government Analyst it has come to light that the food items in fact contained Aflatoxin above the standard average. One of the products contained 26 times Aflatoxin above the standard average level.

Hence the MOH Gothatuwa had filed the lawsuit against the three companies over the violation of Provisions contained in Sections of the National Food (Amendment) Act No. 20 of 1991.

By Hansi Nanayakkara