Police nab gang repackaging expired jumbo peanuts

ECONOMYNEXT- Police have nabbed a group repackaging expired packets of jumbo peanuts into packets with a new expiry date printed on them at a food packaging plant in Peliyagoda yesterday Feb 16, the Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

He said the haul was worth LKR30 million and 118,000 expired packets of peanuts were found in the raid.

The factory has been sealed off by the police and officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is set to arrive today to conduct further investigations in the factory.

Based on the result of the investigation by the CAA, the police will arrest the alleged perpetrators involved in the business.

DIG Ajith Rohana said that the accused will be charged with crimes against humanity as people would have faced many health problems if these products had reached the market.

Import restrictions imposed by the government on a wide range of goods has caused shortages of a number of food items and encouraging crime.

The ban on turmeric imports for instance has driven the price of the essential commodity sky-high and smuggling from India is rampant.

(Colombo/Feb17/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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