New directives issued for importers, store-owners

New directives have been issued for importers, store-owners and others by the Consumer Affairs Authority.

Acting under the powers vested in it by Section 10(1)(a) of the Consumer Affairs Authority Act, No. 09 of 2003, the Consumer Affairs Authority has issued new directives to all Importers, Producers, Manufacturers, Store-owners, Distributors, Packers, Online Traders and Traders.

Those not following the directives cannot Import, Produce, Manufacture, Store, Distribute, Pack, Repack, sell or display for sale, expose for sale or offer for sale any item unless the required details are legibly printed or non removable labeled in a conspicuous place of the pack, wrapper or container of the end product of the commercial goods purchased by the consumer at the retail price.

The required details include:
1. Maximum Retail Price
2. Weight or volume
3. Date of Manufacture and Date of packing if re-packing
4. Date of Expiry/Best before use/Active period (except for the goods which does not expire)
5. Batch/Code Number
6. Name, Registered address and Contact Number of Manufacturer,
7. If it is imported name of the Country, Name, Address, Contact number/web-site of issuer or importer

This directive comes into effect from 28th July, 2022. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. In Sri Lanka people are buying food at prices with tags changed daily. They even buy food with expired dates. You know the reason – NO NEW IMPORTS. CAA! Get out of your lofty towers, and mingle with ordinary Lanka people – the Brownies.
    This is a news item today in Arab News. “Protesters storm into parliament building in eastern Libya.” – to chase away the Politicians in order protect the Nation. Arab Spring still continues.
    This is how they chase away the misfit rulers, while we worship their family album.
    We got the rulers we deserve.

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