Abstract—Storage temperature plays a major role in causing changes in quality and safety of poultry meat. Product should retain its desired sensory, chemical, physical, functional and microbiological characteristics. Authorized Officers are expected to guide and inspect on food safety and security measures of the country. After conducting comprehensive food outlet inspections covering the whole Medical Officer Health (MOH) area and legal prosecutions over violation of law related to food safety, inspections of food transporting vehicles were conducted. Twenty vehicles were inspected and 7 out of them were released after giving strict advice, 3 were detained to produce before courts. By entering a plea of guilty, first two defendants were admitting their guilt and fined 67 USD each. Last case was charged against the chicken company transporting chicken at temperature of +50 Centigrade (standard -180 Centigrade), where company lawyer admitted a plea of guilt, but pleaded to release all chicken worth of 2700 USD. Usually in Sri Lankan context, temperature of container was measuring by thermometers as a spot reading of whole passage of cold chain of frozen foods. Upon the expert opinion and scientific explaining by the MOH of the impact of releasing this bulk of chicken on the health of the general public, the Magistrate made decision against the company with strict advice to maintain all vehicles in good sanitary condition, fined 67 USD and ordered to destroy the entire bulk quantity of chicken worth 2000 USD under the supervision of the MOH. This would set future reference/ benchmark in field of food safety in Sri Lanka to supervise and examine of temperature record by Authorized officers using smart phones on data lodgers, which records should be maintained by all frozen food companies thorough out their cold chain, and it can be used as weighted and firm evidence for their legal submissions in future as a complete reflection of cold chain.
Keywords— Shelf life, food safety, enactment of food act, poultry meat, unhygienic transport, public health legislation.
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