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PFA removed 3,753 packets of six meat companies over failure to meet the food safety standards

Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Sunday removed 3,753 packets of six meat companies from the market over failure to meet the food safety standards by sharing laboratory results of frozen meat products with media for the public interest.

The authority was taken samples of 115 products of seven campiness under the Sampling Schedule for 2019. According to details, PFA removed 2,915 packets of K&N’s, 544 packets of Seasons, 127 packets of Man o Salwa, 164 packets of Hamza Foods, 100 packets of Neat Foods and three packets of Sabroso. Moreover, the authority has issued fine tickets and served improvement notices to food business operators of meat companies owing to fail their 16 products on quality basis. These products are not harmful for human consumption, however, improvement space is always present.

PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that PFA has sealed the supply of all failed brands at their factories in order to ensure the availability of quality meat in the market of Punjab. He said that supply of failed brands would be remained suspended until to bring reforms according to the PFA. He added that anybody can download the complete list of the sample results from the PFA website (www.pfa.gop.pk). PFA also ordered to stop the production of all those brands that failed to meet the standards in the analysis report of the laboratory test. He said that PFA will again collect samples for laboratory test after ensuring proper reforms.

Muhammad Usman told that PFA will check frozen meat products two times in a year as per annual sampling schedule. He added that PFA is taking indiscriminate action against food business operators in the light of laboratory report. He said that the purpose of the continuous checking of food points are to ensure the provision of safe and healthy food for the public.

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