Cement Corporation caught repacking expired cement

(Sri Lanka)  —  The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka has raided a warehouse of the state-run Cement Corporation and seized thousands of expired cement bags that were being repacked.

The cement imported from Pakistan was being re-packed for sale although its expiry date had reportedly lapsed.

The Consumer Affairs Authority conducted the raid following a tip-off. The authorities have confiscated around 7,000 cement bags from a warehouse in Panchikawatta in Colombo and sealed the facility.

“Once the expiry date had lapsed on any consignment of cement it should be discarded. Investigations on this incident will continue,” an official of CAA said.

Cement Corporation Chairman Sisira Paranagama said that the cement bags had a sticker that cited March 12 as the date of manufacture. Accordingly, the expiry date should be June 12.

“Since we were not sure whether the cement could still be used we will be sending samples to the Sri Lanka Standards Institute (SLSI) tomorrow,” he said.

Mr. Paranagama said re-packing was being carried out only of cement in damaged bags at the time of the raid.

CAA Deputy Director Asela Bandara who led the raid, however, declined to comment.

By: Rashmi Kalia (ARI-C NEWS)

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