Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority has celebrated World Food Day under the theme “End Hunger, Improve Nutrition and Food Safety and Food Security”, held at local hotel here on Monday.
World Food Day, which is celebrated each year on October 16th, is being observed around the world including Pakistan. In this connection, a ceremony was arranged by Punjab Food Authority (PFA) in collaboration with Punjab Food Department.
Ceremony was attended by Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin, Director General Punjab Food Authority Noor ul Amin Mengal and other stakeholders.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General Punjab Food Authority Mr Noor ul Amin Mengal has vowed to make Adulteration Free Healthier Punjab in next few years and shed light on several food issues during his speech.
DG said that awareness and education can play a key role in addressing food issues added that it can also help create public support for conservation of Food’s resources and can be a voice for change. He said that our 700 food safety teams contained 2000 Food Safety Officers are working day and night in across the Punjab just to ensure the availability of healthy food for people.
He also given stressed on loose milk issue and said it not possible to check all milk shops and milk vehicles on entry and exit points. But PFA has make law to deal such issued and in this regard, PFA has gave five years time to end the sale of open milk and we are bringing into the regime of “Pasteurisation Law’. He said further said that PFA is not only taking action on milk, carbonated drinks, oil and ghee issues but we have also take strict action against those edible processors which were sealing their food products by disseminating misleading information and glossy language on their food items.
Mr Mengal said that around 80 percent sale has effected such ‘White Collar Crime’ food processors just after creating awareness about misleading information among people through social media and other tactics. He said that farms will get benefit who was affecting due to such food processors. PFA has recently released periodic schedule for sampling and testing of food products like water, ghee and oil, carbonated beverages, meat-made items, sauce, squash, fruits and vegetables (canned) and other edibles which result will be fruitful, he added.
At the end, DG Punjab Food Authority thanked the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for full support to run PFA mission “From Farm to Fork, Ensuring Food Safety” and make Adulteration Free Healthier Punjab.