Food quality: Restaurants at PC, Avari among others fined for poor hygiene

Published: July 25, 2015
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PHOTO COURTESY: fb,com/Punjab Food Authority

PHOTO COURTESY: fb,com/Punjab Food Authority

LAHORE: Several restaurants at the Pearl Continental, Lahore, and Avari Lahore, were fined on Friday by the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) for violation of food standards.

During an inspection visit at PC, Lahore, a PFA Data Ganj Baksh Town team fined Sakura Restaurant for not providing a hand washing facility for the staff. Dumpukht Restaurant was fined for poor sanitation and failure to dump leftover food.

Bakery items including samosa wraps and food colours and flavours were seized and a fine imposed on the PC Hotel Bakery for not mentioning expiry date on its products.

A PFA team imposed fines on the à la carte kitchen and Dynasty Restaurant at Avari Lahore for poor hygiene and storage of stale food. The team imposed fines on and seized food products and chemical drums used for storage purposes at a bakery at the hotel.

In other raids in Data Ganj Buksh Town, the PFA imposed fines on Punjab Bakery in Gowalmandi and Big Man’s Pizza in Shadman for poor hygiene. The team found broken eggs and expired food items at Punjab Bakery. Formal warnings were issued to the businesses to follow hygiene standards set by the authority.

In Allama Iqbal Town, a PFA team sealed Hafiz Sweets on Raiwind Road for use of rotten milk and its failure to print expiry date on bakery products displayed for sale. Fines were imposed on Italian Pizza on Raiwind Road and Bismillah Fried Chicken on PIA Road for poor hygiene in their kitchens.

In Shalimar Town, fines were imposed on Khan Bakery on Ghoray Shah Road; MS Food, Sawami Nagar; Nadeem Shahi Takki and Asian Dairies for poor hygiene.

Another PFA team sealed Burger Corner in Gulberg’s Mini Market for storage of food items in an unclean deep freezer and poor cleanliness of staff.

About 1,120 litres of adulterated milk was destroyed during inspection of vehicles transporting milk to the city.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2015.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Liberal
    Jul 25, 2015 - 12:08PM

    when is this gong to be emulated in Sindh?Recommend

  • Bilal
    Jul 25, 2015 - 1:59PM

    A sincere thank you to Punjab Food Authority!Recommend

  • Irfan ansari
    Jul 25, 2015 - 5:51PM

    Great job!!!Recommend

  • doom
    Jul 25, 2015 - 10:15PM

    They should also start a rating system, like in New York, to give a positive incentive to keep clean. So that restaurant try to achieve, say an A grade. Also, it would be good to know which restaurants are in fact properly clean. Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Jul 26, 2015 - 1:25AM

    This is good step, Sindh, KPK also started, but as usual Sindh and Baluchistan still lacking behind..Recommend

  • Nasir Hussain
    Jul 26, 2015 - 9:42AM

    @Liberal:
    when you will stop voting for PPP.Recommend

  • nomi
    Jul 26, 2015 - 7:52PM

    Excellent !!! Wish PFA good luck. A great service for humanity ! Recommend

  • Ali Kazmi
    Jul 27, 2015 - 8:07AM

    Very well done.. great job.. claps like a monkey.. well, we as a nation love adventures don’t we and actually we have no idea what food safety is and what we are eating neither does PFA I guess. I would like to know if the high ranking officials of PFA are even food technologists? And what are their standard operating procedures?. Sealing and fining restaurants without any awareness campaign is like slapping someone without telling them the reason. Without implementations and awareness of SOPs there can be no accountability. Is there a warning and follow up system in place or is it just an official bhatta?. Why does PFA in the first place gives food license to people without their basic training hand handing them over their SOP book?. What’s even more rediculous is people praising those police muqabla pics posted by PFA. I’ve even heard that Madam Ayesha mumtaz the lead PFA official was admin of badami bagh bus stand? Would be hilarious if true. My request to the chief minister is to please put the right people in the right places. Train people and then hold them accountable. Rather all you will be able to do is to seal some poor man’s stall for a few days stop his only earning and then he will be repeating some other food related mistake. Recommend

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