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PFA sealed snack factories preparing nimko with horse food

Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed three famous snack factories for using expired and rancid oil in the preparation of Nimko and Biscuit in the provincial metropolis here on Monday.

Director General Punjab Food Authority Noor Ul Amin Mengal led a special raid on nimko factory in Gajumatta area of Lahore. Factory was sealed for using horse-food in making “nimko and daal” with rancid and over used oil.

In a separate action, a special raiding team under the supervision of PFA Additional Director General (ADG) Operations Rafia Haider has inspected on various food units in the Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate, Multan Road Industrial Area and Ghaziabad.

On the occasion, she was accompanied with Deputy Director Operations (Lahore), Food Safety Officer and other team members during raids.

Meanwhile in Multan, Three eateries were shutter down over failed to maintain the hygienic working environment during crackdown held against substandard and unhygienic food points in Sought region.

On the directions of PFA Director General Noor ul Amin Mengal, Directors of the respective areas (South-I,II) have carried out operations along with team members and punished several Food Business Operators (FBOs) by sealing their shops and serving fine tickets of Rs126000 to them.

Gujranwala Food Safety Teams did a massive crackdown was launched against substandard food outlets, sealed 9 production units of confectionery, vigour, porridge and snack on finding unhygienic conditions on Saturday. The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) teams led by Food Safety Officers (FSOs) of the respective area have paid surprise visits on hundreds of food outlets and examined the quality of food.

Faisalabad teams handed 7 Food Business Operators (FBOs) with Rs51000 fine tickets for not complying with PFA’s instructions and issued improvement notices to dozens of food points in Faisalabad Division.

While talking to media, Rafia Haider said factories shutter down immediacy on finding unhygienic conditions. She said that snacks were being fried in expired and rancid oil along with unhygienic textile colour used in its culinary. Further, said that food industry is bound to use only food colour while other colours are strictly prohibited as per PFA regulations.

ADG Operons told that it is compulsory for the industry to maintain a record of water filtration plant, oil, ghee and other products. She further said that factories were also failed to produce the record on oil changing and its removal. A huge quantity of substandard and unhygienic discarded from the spot.

PFA much focus is being given to the field work for overcoming the food-related issues from top to grassroots level added that, all available resources and efforts are being made to control the unhygienic issues and adulteration. She urged that mother should to give a healthy lunch box before going children schools and motive them to avoid junk food.

In other activates, food safety teams of PFA sealed a restaurant over providing poor quality food and multiple hygiene issues in Johar Town limits. Further, teams have punished several Food Business Operators with Rs50000 fine tickets during examined the food quality. PFA has discarded a good number of substandard food products by taking into custody from different food outlet and issued improvement notices during operation.

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