Mar 19, Colombo: Transparency International of Sri Lanka (TISL) has called on the government to set up an independent food authority to protect the public by ensuring a reduction in the risk of food borne illnesses.
TISL suggested setting up an authority with qualified personnel dedicated entirely to food control administration. The authority should liaise with the Health and Trade Ministries.
TISL Executive Director, S. Ranugge told the media that the increase in food borne illnesses has indicated a necessity for a strict regulatory mechanism to cover fresh, preserved and processed food covering both domestic and external sectors.
He added that there was lack in the enforcement of laws related to food safety that are mandatory.
Ranugge further noted that food control administration is a specialized field that needs constant engagement with food manufactures, producers, administrators and most importantly the consumers.