Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority has sealed five food businesses and imposed fine a cumulative Rs378,500 on 58 Food Business Operators (FBOs) due to failed the food safety standards and not to obey the previous instructions of authority during conducted raids in 36 districts of Punjab.
On the directions of PFA Director General Noor ul Amin Mengal, PFA’s watchdogs have visited thousands of food premises and examined the quality of food and ingredients which were being used in the preparation of food.
Food safety teams also inspected the use of food safety kits during take stern action against them under PFA mission in order to make “Healthy Punjab” as per vision of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.
According to details, a team of PFA has sealed a ‘What’a Paratha’ food point for storage food at foot level, failed to provide medical certificates of its workers, for not using filter water, abundance of insects at other poor hygiene conditions in Awais Colony Lahore Further, the teams have shutter down five food points including ice cream unit in Bahawalpur while two each businesses in Rawalpindi and Faisalabad.
Teams also imposed a fine of Rs114,000 on 15 outlets in Rawalpindi, Rs58000fine on nine shops in Bahawalpur, Rs97000 fine on 14 FBOs in DG Khan, Rs50,500 fine on eight eateries in Faisalabad, Rs40,000 fine on six outlets in Gujranwala and Rs 19000 fine in Sargodha divisions.
A good number of substandard, unhygienic and adulterated foodstuff was discarded including 1600 kg pickle, 2000 kulfi pieces, 1566litres 1750litres beverages, 900kg fruit, 880kg salt, 200kg pepper, 70kg sweets 150litres rancid oil, yogurt, loose colour and other food items during raid.