Sri Lanka food industries should disclose risks promptly: Health official

ECONOMYNEXT- Food industries should disclose any risks or hazards they encounter promptly to prevent bigger problems and loss of trust from occurring later, a top health official said.

Anil Jasinghe director general of health said there were various management option for avoiding or controlling risks or likely hazards one they were known.

“Industry has a part to play in this communication,” Jasinghe told a forum in Colombo.

“If identified, it should be strongly notified to the authorities and health authorities can take appropriate action,”

But if industry players tried to hide information the consequences would be worse.

“Because of the fear that the public may demand unreasonable solutions, losing trust, losing control of the situation and financial issues industries try to hide the facts.” Jasinghe said.

He was speaking at a workshop organized by the Ceylon Chambers of Commerce in collaboration with Food Industry Asia to discuss and identify potential risks in food industry and how to communicate effectively in order to face them.

Anil Jasinghe said there was no specific agency tasked with food safety in Sri Lanka

“Another challenge country face is that there is a frequent lack of clearly defined mandates of responsibilities for relevant government ministries”, said Jasinghe.

“It is important that relevant institution Identified and different institutions work together and exchange information.”

Other experts said emerging technologies like genetically engineered food has to be disclosed. (Colombo/Nov27/2019)