Efforts to implement Trilingual packaging for 76 consumer products halted.

ECONOMYNEXT – The implementation of mandatory trilingual packaging for 76 products has been stopped, for now, a senior official told EconomyNext today Aug 18.

The Director of Consumer Affairs and Information, W.W.A.K Bandara said that practical difficulties in accommodating all three languages on a small package are an issue.

“Further, the standard printers that print packaging material cannot print more than 3-4 lines,” he said. He added that the gazette might be abolished in light of the current revelations.

The directive which was supposed to be in effect from the 1st of March 2021 was Gazetted under the Consumer Affairs Authority Act no. 09 of 2003, Direction under section 10 (1) (a).

The gazette directed all manufacturers, distributors, importers and traders to legibly print; Maxim Retail Price, Batch Number, Date of Expiry, Date of Manufacture, Net weight/ Volume, Country of origin/ Country of Manufacture and the date of repacking in all three languages, Sinhala, Tamil and English.

This directive was for products which are imported in bulk and repacked or products manufactured and packed in bulk and repacked. (Colombo, August 18, 2020)

Reported by Tharumalee Silva







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