In a province-wide grand operation on Tuesday, the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) conducted 1,436 inspections of food points and sealed 34 eateries besides stopping the production of 17 units.
PFA Director General Irfan Memon said that the authority took action against 166 food business operators on account of adulteration, counterfeiting, hygiene and substandard operations during the daylong operation. He said PFA teams penalised 155 shopkeepers and discarded unwholesome food valuing Rs1.351 million.
A team of PFA Lahore raided a food industry and sealed its production unit in Kot Noor Shah. The DG said the factory was sealed because it produced substandard juice with artificial flavours. The authority also registered a case against the factory owner on account of adulteration in the local police station. The PFA raiding team discarded 7,800 litres of hazardous juice after confiscating it from the spot.
In the south region, the PFA sealed seven eateries, including a soda water unit, a jaggery production unit, a paan shop and a poultry shop. The authority sealed a unit in Muzaffargarh over contamination of glucose in the preparation of jaggery. As many as 2,500kg of substandard jaggery and 75 litres of glucose were seized by the PFA team.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2020.
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