Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has closed down four food businesses including two gutka shops, dairy farm and a kitchen of renowned hotel for failing to meet hygiene working environment and selling gutka.
The action was taken against them during held operation on unhygienic food points, processing units and adulterators in the provincial metropolis here on Friday.
According to details, PFA raided United Dairy Farm, located at Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate, and sealed it due to pathetic condition of premises, for doing a production of frozen dessert in open area, preserving expired packets of Desi Ghee, improper cleanliness arrangements of cold storage and non-compliance of the authority instructions. A team of PFA also sealed a kitchen of Park Lane Hotel on MM Alam Road for not taking preventative measures to control pests, the presence of cockroaches in chicken and fixing dual expiry dates on products. The team also found expired jelly during a raid.
Moreover, food safety teams sealed Chaudhry Tobacco in Gajumata and Raju Pan Shop in Mughalpura for selling gutka, doing business without medical certificates and poor personal hygiene. While the sale of gukta is strictly prohibited in Punjab. Over minor violations, PFA imposed Rs50,000 fine on Arcadian Café, Rs35,000 fine on R1 Cash and Carry, Rs25,000 fine in Manj YDA Cafeteria and Rs5,000 fine on Toheed Store.
PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that the purpose of food checking drive was to ensure the provision of healthy and safe food in Punjab. He said that our teams are doing work affectionately in order to ensure the implementation of Punjab Pure Food Regulations. He further said that PFA will make Punjab’s land narrow for adulteration mafia.