Following complaints of unhygienic food handling by workers, health officers in Beruwala raided a number of food outlets recently.
Public Health Inspectors (PHI) attached to the Urban Council (UC), carried out a hygiene inspection programme for workers in food outlets in the Beruwala Medical Officer of Health (MOH) divisional area.
The programme was carried out under the patronage of President- Beruwala UC, Prasanna Sanjeewa, Administrative PHI- National Health Institute, Kalutara, R.J. Singhabahu, and Administrative PHI- Beruwala, Gamini Samarathunga.
“We have been receiving complaints about unhygienic food handling which prompted us to look into this matter. There was an incident reported where one of the workers in a food outlet unknowingly dropped a used plaster into a food container, while some of them have developed eruptions on their hands due to constant contact with water,” said Mr. Singhabahu.
He further stated that, due to outlet owners recruiting untrained workers, hygienic methods of handling food are not practised, which leads to bad health conditions for consumers.
He added that, during the inspection programme, workers who needed medical attention were directed to hospitals, while legal action was initiated against outlet owners where unhygienic methods of handling food were practised.
He also emphasized the importance of food outlet owners recruiting trained workers for employment.