Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority shut six food businesses and imposed Rs34,500 cumulative fine on six eateries for not following the rules of the provincial food regulatory body’s Act, on Thursday.
The food safety teams under the supervision of food safety officers held crackdown for point out the unhygienic food processing units and food points along with adulterators especially.
PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that the authority sealed Hospitality Inn’s general store area, Bundu Khan, Baba Foods, ABN Foods, Delight Foods and a Pan shop in various areas of the provincial metropolis.
He said that a team of PFA paid visits to Bundu Khan Restaurant, located at Gulberg, for measuring the food safety issues but restaurant’s administration failed it to maintain the food standards and due to this reason authority sealed it immediately. He said that expiry and substandard cooking oil was being used to fry food that is injurious to health for the consumers.
PFA’s watchdogs also discovered improper cleanliness arrangements and filthy condition of the store. Besides, a team of PFA raided ABN and closed it for preparing coloured salanty (snacks) and unavailability of the shelf life of the product on the packing. The factory was established in the Main Kanchi Bazaar, he mentioned.
Moreover, PFA sealed a general storage area of the Hospitality Inn hotel due to not taking preventive measures for pests, tainted flour and cakes, the presence of rusty pots and usage of loose butter and non-food grade colours.
PFA enforcement teams closed down Delight Foods in Bhogiwal and Baba Foods in Kot Khawaja Saeed for producing substandard quality food products. He said that authority discarded 150 kilograms ready sauces which prepared with harmful chemicals and flavours. He warned food business operators to bring reforms and follow the food standards otherwise says goodbye to food businesses.
PFA served notices for improvement on more than 150 food points.