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* Sri Lanka introduces new certification scheme for vegetarian food
Thu, Dec 12, 2013, 10:32 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 12, Colombo: Sri Lanka's national standards body, Sri Lanka Standard Institution (SLSI) has taken measures to introduce a certification for the vegetarian foods, the Minister of Technology, Research and Atomic Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka said.

The SLSI has introduced a novel scheme to certify completely vegetarian products, outlets and restaurants from today, the Minister announced.

The application and scheme are available from today, said Minister Ranawaka adding that this is the very first time in Sri Lanka such a scheme is carried out.

Accordingly, the certification is carried out by Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) and is known as SLS 1460.

The certification will be made available for food outlets, producers and the final products. They will be issued under three categories: for lacto products –dairy related products, for products which doesn't include any animal ingredients and for pure products- things like honey and curd, which are natural products, according to the Minister.

Ministry media spokesman Dhanushka Ramanayake told local media that 5- 10 percent of Sri Lankans are vegans and the new certification will help them immensely to identify complete vegetarian foods, sellers and restaurants.

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