Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) in action again on fish sellers for selling stale and substandard quality fish after a hiatus.
On Thursday, food safety teams sealed nine fish points and discarded more than 2,000 kilograms inferior fish while carrying out an operation against them in the provincial metropolis.
On the directions of PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman, food safety teams intensified the drive in the fish market and local shops across the city. The team comprised of the officials of Punjab Food Authority and Lahore Waste Management Company and Water and Sanitation Authority.
DG Muhammad Usman said that the purpose of this drive was to make sure the implementation of Punjab Pure Food Regulations. He said that all fish points were shut down for selling stale fish, poor storage system and not complying with PFA instructions. While fish was being prepared in bad hygiene conditions and preserved on foot level.
He said that the strict action was taken against them for violating the instructions of competent authority despite giving several times. As many as 2,000kg stale and smelly fish was discarded by the authority on the spot in a daylong operation.
He said that the use of stale fish is not fit for human consumption and causes health diseases. PFA is doing work day and night in collaboration with other departments in order to ensure the availability of fish and healthy food as per the food safety standards that set by provincial food regulatory body.
He added that PFA would not spare anyone found guilty of violating rules and would be dealt with an iron hand.