Food minister vows to eliminate adulteration in Lahore

Says a policy will be devised in coordination with departments concerned


Our Correspondent September 04, 2018
Food minister vows to end food adulteration. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Minister for Food Samiullah Chaudhry has vowed to make Punjab free of adulterated food, as per the vision of the prime minister of Pakistan and Punjab chief minister.

He directed the Punjab Food Authority to devise a special policy in collaboration with all departments concerned for the elimination of oestrogens and oxytocin injections which are used to increase milk production in cows. He also directed the authority to vigorously continue its crackdown against substandard food points across Punjab.

He was talking to the media after presiding over a meeting with PFA officials at the authority’s headquarters on Monday. Samiullah Chaudhry said special decisions would be taken to improve the working of the authority and for the expansion of its structure.

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He said food experts are to be added to the PFA Board as members to bring more reforms and improvements. The minister has urged awareness campaigns for students and the masses.

He ordered that merit and transparency be ensured in the recruitment process of the authority. Chuadhry admired the role of PFA’s laboratories to control food/drink adulteration in Punjab. He directed the authority to ensure that the laboratories in Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, and Gujranwala are made functional by completing the work on then as soon as possible. “I will not sit silently till the elimination of adulteration.

Earlier, Director General PFA Captain (R) Muhammad Usman briefed the minister about the progress of the authority and its ongoing projects. He has ensured that the pace of work would be accelerated for fruitful results in future. He said PFA was utilising all available its resources for reforms and to ensure the provision of healthy food.

Later, Chaudhry planted a tree at the PFA headquarters under the Prime Minister Tree Plantation campaign.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 4th, 2018.

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