Several shops located in the urban and rural areas of Islamabad were raided by 19 price-checking teams, headed by magistrates, which imposed fines amounting to Rs38,250 on 60 profiteers for not displaying rate list of food items.
Food Assistant Director Muhammad Afzal conducted checking of 25 hotels and bakeries in Rana Market F-7/4, Karachi Company, I-8 and F-10 markaz and directed food outlets to ensure compliance with Pure Food Ordinance and Hygiene and Sanitation Rules.
During the inspection, he took samples from sweet shops and bakeries and sent them for laboratory tests. Two hotels were issued notices for failing to comply with relevant food laws.
Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Aamer Ali Ahmed said that food and drug laws are being implemented in Islamabad in letter and spirit and violators are being taken to task through regular inspection of food and drug outlets by concerned officials.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.