Lahore : The Punjab Food Authority under the supervision of its Director General retired Captain Muhammad Usman raided and unearthed a fake carbonated drink making factory being run in the basements of a house on Monday.
Acting on the tip-off, the PFA team rushed to the spot at 1 am and started operation which continued six hours long. A raiding team confiscated 12,000 litres cold drinks of different popular brands, raw material and empty bottles. The authority also rooted out 13 gas cylinders, four filling machines, a huge quantity of fake labels and bottle caps during the raid.
Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that they have tried to fool the raiding team shown the production of licensed juices and cold drinks in the main premises of the factory but failed to hoodwink PFA. He said that adulterators have closed down the door and started to dispose of the fake beverages in the gutter after reaching the authority. He said that the team has completed the operation after persistent efforts and kept a ‘Roza’ (fast) without eating anything. The spurious drinks were prepared to be supplied on Eid days in the different areas of the metropolis and its surrounding zones. He said that Punjab Food Authority is taking action against adulteration mafia with full determination across Punjab as per the directives of Punjab Chief Minister. Muhammad Usman added that people can inform PFA about adulteration mafia and food-related issues on its Facebook Page, mobile application and Toll-Free number 0800-80500.