The Central Environmental Authority (CEA) conducted a raid on food cities operated by six companies with respect to polythene lunch sheets and High Density Poly Ethylene shopping bags under regulation No. 2034/34 and 2034/ 33 and 2034/35 published under the provisions of the National Environmental Act. The Consumer Affairs Authority and Police Special Unit of the CEA also joined with the CEA to conduct this raid on 21st August 2019. The materials used for manufacturing the lunch sheets and shopping bags were tested with technical instruments before the managers of food cities. The thickness of shopping bags was also tested at the food cities to check the compliance status with the regulation.
The test results revealed that the lunch sheets tested in all food cities are in compliance with the regulation No. 2034/34 and not manufactured using polythene as a raw material. The tested brands of lunch sheets had been manufactured using biodegradable materials as raw material. The shopping bags tested in all food cities revealed that they are not manufactured using High Density Polyethylene as a raw material and hence they are in compliance with the regulation No. 2034/35. The thickness of shopping bags tested in all the food cities revealed that they are above 20 microns and hence compliance with the regulation No. 2034/34 is assured. It was concluded that the raided food cities sell biodegradable lunch sheets and issue customers only LDPE shopping bags with a thickness of above 20 micron.