ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Consumer Affairs Authority, which usually acts as the main price control agency has banned the blending of coconut oil with other oils by gazette notice.
“ACTING under the powers vested in it by Section 10(1)(b)(ii) of the Consumer Affairs Authority Act, No. 09 of 2003, the Consumer Affairs Authority hereby directs all importers, refiners, manufacturers, stockists, packers, distributors and traders of edible Coconut oil sold in bulk or in retail in bottles or packs or containers that such edible Coconut oil shall not be blended with any other oils/oil,” CAA said in a gazette notice issued in the name of Chairman Shantha Dissanayake, a retired Major General.
“This Direction shall come into effect from 07th May, 2021.”
Undisclosed blending of coconut oils would in an ordinary country be an offence for false labeling.
Sri Lanka had already banned the import of palm oil.
Coconut oil prices have started to move up. (Colombo/May09/2021)