The parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) Friday directed the Ministry of Health to conduct an immediate and comprehensive investigation into the presence of harmful substances in foods imported into the country, including coconut oil.
The Chairman of the Committee on Public Accounts Prof. Tissa Vitharana informed the officials of the Ministry of Health that the laboratory facilities should be upgraded and the laws pertaining to food security should be amended expeditiously as the Ministry of Health has the power to inspect food.
Former Chairman of COPA, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna, pointed out that the problem has been aggravated due to the lack of proper coordination among food testing laboratories.
This was brought to the notice when the Committee on Public Accounts met at the Parliamentary Complex to review the Auditor General’s Reports of the Ministry of Health for the years 2017 and 2018 and the current performance.
Parliamentarian Dr. Harini Amarasuriya said that it has been confirmed that the imported cosmetics contain very harmful chemicals.
The Committee was of the view that it was very important to formulate a proper regulatory system for the importation of beauty products and instructed the officials of the Ministry of Health to take immediate action in this regard.
The Chairman of the Committee Prof. Tissa Vitharana emphasized the need to take immediate action to check the quality of food as the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Health apply for food.
MPs Tissa Attanayake, Niroshan Perera, Dr. Upul Galappaththi and Weerasumana Weerasinghe also participated in the COPA meeting.