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New food safety regulations from Jan. 1

Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne presents an award during the ceremony.
Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne presents an award during the ceremony.

New food safety regulations will be introduced from January 1, 2020, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

Speaking at the World Food Safety Day ceremony held at the BMICH in Colombo recently, he said the new food safety regulations will be introduced under the Food Act number 26 of 1980. Annually, over 125,000 people worldwide die due to food-borne diseases.

Food hygiene is a prerequisite for good health and a sustainable life. The WHO has said children below the age of five are particularly affected by sub-standard food. Food safety is a challenge for Sri Lanka, Minister Senaratne said.

“We should not use chemicals in the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors. The use of poisonous chemicals leads to health problems. Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) in some parts of the Sri Lanka is caused by polluted water, the Minister said. 


 

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