LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Tuesday continued its crackdown against the sale of adulterated and unhygienic food products in Lahore.
A PFA team led by Operations Director Ayesha Mumtaz seized over 4,000 kilogrammes of sub-standard red chili powder from Akbari Market. The chili powder had been brought to the market from Arifwala in a truck.
Talking to reporters, Mumtaz said that unhygienic colours had been mixed in the chili powder. “The initial inspection suggests that bran and fabric dyes had been mixed in the chili powder,” she said.
PFA officials registered a case against the vehicle driver at the nearest police station.
PFA Data Ganj Buksh Town team sealed a juice manufacturing factory near Saggian Bridge. The factory was preparing fake soft drinks of various popular brands. False manufacturing and expiry dates were being marked on the drinks.
The authority also sealed production units of Nasir Samosa Wrap and Ali Hajveri Traders in Akram Park for poor cleanliness and not adhering to food regulations.
Hajveri Traders was also selling adulterated milk.
PFA Gulberg Town officials sealed Bake Well Bakery in Ghausal Azam Bazaar after finding a washroom in the production area. The freezers were also found to be rusty. It did not have a food business licence.
The authority’s Nishtar Town food safety officers sealed Khalid Bakery for storing food items on the floor. The bakery was using dirty utensils and had flies everywhere.
A PFA Ravi Town team closed down Plaza Sweets for using broken freezers and having a dirty storage area. There was no soap for washing dishes or hands.
Also, bakery workers did not have the requisite medical certificates.
PFA Samanabad Town officials sealed Kamboh Sweets over unhygienic conditions. The sweets shop did not have a food business license. Its production area had open drains and washrooms. PFA officials also sealed Abdul Quddus Murabbajaat over poor sanitation conditions.
The authority’s Nishtar Town food safety officers fined Alfazal Milk Shop for using dirty and broken freezers. The milk shop did not have arrangements for covering food items. Similarly, the authority’s Aziz Bhatti Town team fined Haidery Sweets for not labelling products. PFA had earlier issued warnings to both businesses.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 29th, 2016.