Lahore:The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has conducted a massive
operation to crack down against unhygienic food points located at
Motorway Service Areas, operation continued till late at night.
PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman supervised the whole
operation and visited the kitchens, dining, and processing area of
several restaurants to ensure the implementation of Punjab Pure Food
Regulations 2018. The basic purpose of the inspection was to ensure
the provision of wholesome and quality food for the commuters who
daily visited food points located along the motorway. The restaurants
and fast food points were checked in the areas of Bhera and Sial Mor.
During the operation, the provincial food regulatory body raided
Sweets and Spice Restaurant, located at Sial Mor Service Area, and
sealed it over the worst condition of hygiene, open gutters in kitchen
premise and failure to meet hygiene working environment. Apart from
that, workers of the restaurant did not have medical certificates.
Moreover, PFA penalized KFC in Sial Mor and Hardee’s in Behra owing to
violate the rules of the PFA Act. Similarly, PFA has imposed a heavy
fine on Bismillah Dera Restaurant and Shair Shanwari Restaurant for
using rusty freezers, poor storage system and for recovering expired
products during the raids.
In Kalar Khar Service Area, PFA has inspected 12 food points among
three shopkeepers punished with heavy fine tickets and five FBOs
served with improvement notices. DG Muhammad Usman said that the
availability of safe food for commuters is included in the PFA
priority list which is ensured at any cost. He said that a surprise
food inspection drive would be continued at Motorway and GT Road. He
further said that law is equal to all food business operators and they
are on the radar of the authority.