PFA seals two fake drink factories

DG says beverages were being supplied to bus stands and railway stations

Our Correspondent June 20, 2019

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has unearthed and sealed two factories manufacturing counterfeit carbonated drinks. They authority sealed 56,772 litres of spurious soft drinks in two different raids conducted in the area of Wagah and Haloki on Wednesday.

The raids were conducted under the supervision of PFA Director General (retd) Captain Muhammad Usman. He said that the authority has registered a case and handed the adulterators over to the police after they were apprehended. He said teams caught them red-handed, making fake carbonated drinks of different brands with artificial flavours, hazardous chemicals and contaminated water.

Meanwhile, PFA has foiled an attempt to supply a consignment of thousands of litres counterfeit drinks in the market while taking timely action against counterfeiters. He added that these drinks were supplied to bus and railway stations across Punjab.

He appealed to the people to use homemade juices instead of carbonated drinks. “It is the utmost priority of the Punjab Food Authority is to ensure the provision of healthy and safe food for the public. The food watchdog has seized as many as 56,772 litres of ready drinks, 5,000 empty bottles, six gas cylinders, five filling machines, chemicals and a huge quantity of caps and labels during the raids, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2019.


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