Dansalas must register with CMC
All dansalas held in the Colombo Municipal area should be registered with the Health Department of the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC), Chief Medical Officer of the CMC Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said.
Dr. Wijayamuni said that organizers of dansalas should obtain their registration from the Chief Public Health Inspector (PHI) of the CMC. He noted that this action was taken to ensure food safety during the Vesak week.
“Medical officers and PHIs would inspect the cleanliness of the kitchen, cleanliness of the water used, the process of dispatching garbage and the cleanliness of the people who prepare food. It will be prohibited to conduct a dansala without the permission of the CMC,” he stressed.
Dr. Wijayamuni pointed out that there are many unhygienic foods provided by certain dansalas hence it is important to ensure the quality and the safety of the food.
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Let us add some more to the list. ‘ The people serving also should be clean,alluring and attractively dressed to provoke the taste buds of the hungry .’ To discourage too many unscrupulous people using the sanctity of the Holy Wesak for these activities and also to cover up CMC expenses a license fee of over Rs.5000/ should be levied per day.
Very good! Public Health matters.
Result: There will be only few “dansala’s’ in nation’s capital.
Very good achievement indeed — ‘only a few danselas in nation’s capitol.’ Shows how prosperous and self sufficient we are. We shall not queue up for a meal as we used to do. We can now parade the streets with our heads held very high indeed. Our pockets are full and bulging at their seams. Discourage the beggarly legacy the ‘dansalas’.
I wonder why the CMC wants to register dansalas? This appears to be another pagava making initiative of the new born, hungry yahapalana management.
Dear Dr Wijayamuni, what we do not need is another bribe making initiative.
What we do need is a concrete action plan by the CMC where every worker in dansalas will be required to possess a licence issued by the CMC indicating successful participation in a free food handling training course conducted by the CMC to international food handling standards.
Unless the production worker in public eating places is trained in standards for food handling and awareness created on the outcome of poor hygiene, pursuing the owners of eating places to ensure ‘hygienic’ conditions will be futile..