Bathiudeen claims he maintained standard of food
Whatever controversy that erupts in the country, my name automatically gets dragged into it, SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen claimed yesterday.
Bathiudeen who is also Leader of All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) said he took maximum measures to protect consumers during his tenure as Minister of Industries and Commerce and ensured the distribution of pure essential commodities to the market.
He said baseless allegations were being levelled against him in the Media and on social media linking him with the recent cancerous coconut oil issue as well. He expressed confidence that the majority of the people realised the truth.
He said the law formulated in 1980 had enabled importers to add 25 per cent palm oil with coconut oil and this was misused later by traders by changing the 25 per cent palm oil composition to 50 to 75 per cent.
“I amended this law in 2016 when I was the Line Minister to protect consumers from consuming adulterated food and to ensure the distribution of quality food items to market”, he said.
Bathiudeen said when coconut oil is imported to Sri Lanka, there are many institutions such as the Customs, the Sri Lanka Standards Institute and the Food Control Administration Unit of the Health Ministry to ascertain the quality of imported food and whether it was suitable for human consumption. (NJ)