COPA instructs Health Ministry to check food items
The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) instructed the officials of the Ministry of Health to conduct an immediate and comprehensive inspection for harmful substances in food including imported items such as coconut oil.
COPA Chairman Prof. Tissa Vitarana instructed the officials to improve laboratory facilities for food testing and to expeditiously amend the laws pertaining to food security.
The COPA Sitting was held in Parliament to review the Auditor General’s Report on the Ministry of Health for the year 2017/2018 and the current performance.
The Committee stated that a number of issues related to food are currently arising due to the non- implementation of a proper programme for food security in the country.
Former COPA Chairman State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna pointed out that the situation has worsened due to the lack of proper coordination among food testing laboratories.
MP Dr. Harini Amarasuriya then emphasised the fact that imported cosmetics also contain highly harmful chemicals. The Committee pointed out that it is very important to formulate a proper regulatory system for cosmetic product imports and instructed the officials of the Ministry of Health to take immediate action in this connection.
Given that the rules of the Ministry of Health are in force for food, Prof. Vitarana emphasised on the need to take immediate action to check the quality of food.
MPs Tissa Attanayake, Niroshan Perera, Dr. Upul Galappaththi, Weerasumana Weerasinghe and officials of the Ministry attended the COPA Sitting.