Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority has carried out a province-wide drive against frozen meat manufacturers here on Saturday. In the drive, meat safety teams have participated and sealed two units for not following the Punjab Pure Food Regulations 2018.
The teams have inspected 16 frozen meat units in a daylong operation, upon the directions of PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman. Out of 16 units, two sealed, five punished and nine units were served with warning notices for bringing improvement in their food businesses.
Muhammad Usman, Director General, Punjab Food Authority has said that PFA’s teams have shut down Al-Shaheer Frozen Meat in Lahore and Hamza Poultry Products ( Sufi Group ) in Sheikhupura owing to violate the rules of PFA Act. Briefed on the issues, he said that authority sealed both units for preserving expired meat in rusty freezers, failing to produce records, an abundance of pests and poor storage system. He further said that the teams also warned nine meat outlets, asking them to improve the hygienic condition.
DG said that the purpose of the frozen meat inspection was to improve the standard and quality of meat which available in the market for consumers. He said that PFA will allow only those food business operators who will follow the food hygiene principles. He added that food authority would not allow anyone (FBOs) to play citizens’ live for minting money and to deal violators and adulterators with an iron hand.