Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has conducted a massive operation to crack down against unhygienic food points located at Motorway Service Areas, operation continued till late at night.
PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman supervised the whole operation and visited the kitchens, dining, and processing area of several restaurants to ensure the implementation of Punjab Pure Food Regulations 2018. The basic purpose of the inspection was to ensure the provision of wholesome and quality food for the commuters who daily visited food points located along the motorway. The restaurants and fast food points were checked in the areas of Bhera and Sial Mor.
During the operation, the provincial food regulatory body raided Sweets and Spice Restaurant, located at Sial Mor Service Area, and sealed it over the worst condition of hygiene, open gutters in kitchen premise and failure to meet hygiene working environment. Apart from that, workers of the restaurant did not have medical certificates.
Moreover, PFA penalized KFC in Sial Mor and Hardee’s in Behra owing to violate the rules of the PFA Act. Similarly, PFA has imposed a heavy fine on Bismillah Dera Restaurant and Shair Shanwari Restaurant for using rusty freezers, poor storage system and for recovering expired products during the raids.
In Kalar Khar Service Area, PFA has inspected 12 food points among three shopkeepers punished with heavy fine tickets and five FBOs served with improvement notices.
DG Muhammad Usman said that the availability of safe food for commuters is included in the PFA priority list which is ensured at any cost. He said that a surprise food inspection drive would be continued at Motorway and GT Road. He further said that law is equal to all food business operators and they are on the radar of the authority.