Punjab Food Authority seals Fatburger outlet in Lahore

Published: July 23, 2015
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Fatburger's branch on MM Alam Road, Gulberg, Lahore. PHOTO: PUNJAB FOOD AUTHORITY

Fatburger's branch on MM Alam Road, Gulberg, Lahore. PHOTO: PUNJAB FOOD AUTHORITY

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority on Wednesday claimed to have sealed one of the outlets of California-based fast food chain, Fatburger, in Lahore owing to “spoiled meat and vegetables” present in their kitchen.

According to a Facebook post by the authority, Director Ayesha Mumtaz sealed Fatburger’s MM Alam Road, Gulberg branch owing to spoiled meat with a “pungent smell, rotten vegetables in cold storage, as well as rancid oil being used for frying purposes”.

PHOTO: PUNJAB FOOD AUTHORITY

PHOTO: PUNJAB FOOD AUTHORITY

PHOTO: PUNJAB FOOD AUTHORITY

Established under the Punjab Food Authority Act 2011 to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption, the authority’s basic purpose is to lay out standards for food articles and to regulate their manufacturing, storage, distribution, sale and import.

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Fatburger – a Santa Monica, California-based hamburger chain – opened its biggest flagship outlet globally in June 2013 in Lahore.

In January 2014, Fatburger’s franchiser BIL Foods entered the Pakistani market in the midst of the fast food boom and opened its first outlet in an upmarket Karachi mall.

Authorities have become more vigilant after a teenage girl lost her life after having a meal from an eatery in Karachi earlier in February. Thirteen-year-old Kinza died due to food poisoning in District Central after she ate a burger from fast food joint Dilpasand.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Bystander
    Jul 23, 2015 - 6:00PM

    Excellent work! We need a similar authority in Sindh.Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Jul 23, 2015 - 6:06PM

    Good on Punjab govt, they’re doing a good job with governance, if only the incompetent and lazy Sindh government could learn from Punjab and be more proactive then we wouldn’t be in such a messed up state.Recommend

  • sabi
    Jul 23, 2015 - 6:48PM

    This is very encouraging news.Recommend

  • Logitech
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:07PM

    My mom really likes this place so I’m going to send her the link to this article.Recommend

  • Noman Ansari
    Jul 23, 2015 - 7:07PM

    If the authorities are more vigilant why is Dil Pasand still open in Karachi? Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Jul 23, 2015 - 10:39PM

    If there was any law in the wadera ruled Sinned province and

    wadera occupied Karachi such outlets would have been

    closed down in droves Recommend

  • Karachiite
    Jul 23, 2015 - 11:28PM

    @Noman Ansari:
    Cause Punjab Food Authority is not responsible for Karachi.. facepalmRecommend

  • Rumormonger
    Jul 24, 2015 - 12:59AM

    @Noman Ansari:
    And Dilpasand has done very aggressive marketing during Ramazan. And people crowded their NNabad outlet. People of Karachi are on a death wish I guess.Recommend

  • khawar
    Jul 24, 2015 - 9:09AM

    Good job keep it up Punjab food authorityRecommend

  • Iftikhar Bashir
    Jul 25, 2015 - 11:56PM

    The brave act proves if the officials do it right, people will surely back them. Don’t hesitate in taking bold steps; these big brands earn too much from food junkie cities like Lhr, Pindi, Isb, Khi, Fsd, Multan etc. Kudos to the authority!Recommend

  • zafar Iqbal Bhatti
    Aug 15, 2015 - 11:16AM

    Keep onRecommend

  • zafar Iqbal Bhatti
    Aug 15, 2015 - 11:18AM

    Keep on and save the people Recommend

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