Punjab Food Authority seizes suspected ‘pig meat’ from Lahore

Published: September 2, 2015
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PHOTO: FILE

PHOTO: FILE

The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) claimed on Wednesday to have seized several tonnes of suspected ‘pig meat’ from Lahore, Express News reported.

“PFA officials carried out a raid near the Lahore Railway Station and recovered a huge quantity of suspicious meat after receiving reports of pig meat being supplied to the city,” Director General PFA Ayesha Mumtaz said.

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“We have been receiving reports for some time that haram meat and the meat of dead animals is being supplied to food joints in the adjoining areas of Lahore,” she added.

Further, the DG PFA said that one suspect, who was allegedly involved in supplying the ‘suspicious’ meat, has been arrested and further investigations are being carried out.

However, the supplier of the meat denied allegations that the seized meat was pork. “It is actually the pancreas of halal animals obtained from local slaughter houses. This meat is used in the tanning industry,” the supplier, Tauseef, said while speaking to Express News.

Meanwhile, the suspected meat has been sent to a laboratory for DNA testing and final results will be shared with the media, the DG PFA said. The suspect was supplying the meat from Rawalpindi to Lahore and its neighbouring villages, she added.

Further, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the suspected meat being supplied in the province and directed strict action against those involved in the act.

The DG PFA has been playing an active role against unhygienic food being sold throughout the province especially in Lahore.

The food authority is inspecting outlets in all areas of the city including posh localities as well as places inhabited by middle and low-income classes. Besides the fast food outlets, confectioneries, roadside food stalls called Dhabas and loose milk supply are also being monitored by inspection teams of the authority.

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In July, the PFA had 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, 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”.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Common Pakistani
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:33PM

    Pakistan, Zindabad!Recommend

  • ajeet
    Sep 2, 2015 - 2:54PM

    Anyone who wants to eat pork should be allowed to do so. Weren’t Pakistanis jumping when India banned beef sometime back?Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rehman
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:22PM

    Jamhouriyat of Sharif Brothers zindabadRecommend

  • Observer
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:43PM

    @ajeet
    India’s multi-billion dollar PR campaign / world’s largest democracy sham/image is what makes your hypocrisy stronger when you do things like ban beef or elect a mass murderer. India’s passport does not say Hindu Republic of Bahrat, does it? Recommend

  • Khan
    Sep 2, 2015 - 3:45PM

    @ajeet
    Anybody who wants to eat pork actually is allowed to eat pork and it is sold but being labelled as pork. The issue here is that people were selling pork without mentioning and selling it as halal meat. Please check your facts before commenting and jumping on the anti Pakistan band wagon. Do you people not have your own newspaper? Why do all Indians flock here to comment on our newspapers?Recommend

  • Raheel
    Sep 2, 2015 - 4:03PM

    It is a big disgrace for our CM Punjab Showbaz who has never kept a check on these things for the past 35 years and was only busy in making roads and buses.Recommend

  • Sep 3, 2015 - 12:04AM

    Well done…DG saahiba….you are the best. Impressed by the hard work of Director General PFA Ayesha Mumtaz. Recommend

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