By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority’s enforcement teams on Wednesday visited 2,070 food stalls in 104 Ramazan Bazaars across Punjab as it continued its food inspection drive on the directives of Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar.
Meanwhile, PFA Director General Captain (retired) Muhammad Usman also paid surprise visit to Mianwali Ramazan bazaar in order to inspect the food quality, hygiene issues, and food safety standards as well as to monitor the activities of field teams. He has visited the different stalls during his visit. PFA has discarded several kilograms inferior quality fruits and vegetables while giving the warning to improve the food standards.
The teams have served warning notices for improvement to 78 food business operators during the inspection. In a daylong operation, food safety teams have checked 43 Ramadan bazaars in Lahore, 37 in Rawalpindi, 19 in Multan, and five in Muzaffargarh Zone. Muhammad Usman said that food authority is checking Ramadan Bazaars on a regular basis in order to ensure the provision of safe and healthy food for the public.
In this connection, PFA in collaboration with concerned administration working with full efforts. He has requested citizens to let know PFA in case of witnessing the presence of poor quality food at stalls. PFA is checking the open markets round the clock besides Ramadan Bazaars whereas authority has increased the number of inspection teams for its intended purpose. People can inform PFA about adulteration mafia and food-related issues on its Facebook Page, mobile application and Toll-Free number 0800-80500, he added.
PFA seals sweet shop, imposes EPO
on two production units
The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) under the supervision of its Director General Captain (retired) Muhammad Usman launched a grand operation against adulterators in Mianwali and Khushab, on Wednesday. The authority sealed a famous sweet shop, stopped production of two units and confiscated 1,376kg unwholesome food in 11-hour-long operation. Food safety teams seized 864kg substandard snacks, 350kg inferior quality ghee and 180kg germs infested sweets, two mixing machines and five cylinders during the raids.
Muhammad Usman said that food authority closed down a popular shop of sweets (Anwar Dhodha House) in Khushab for using loose colours and adulterated desi ghee in the preparation of dhodha, not taking preventative measures to control pests and failing to meet hygienic working environment. Meanwhile, the team stopped the production of Malik Brothers Sweets and Tangari Unit due to using substandard ingredients by serving an Emergency Prohibition Order (EPO).
In another raid,Punjab Food Authority has imposed EPO on Haji Shafi Tea Store over failure to meet labelling law. He said that the Punjab Food Authority would not sit silently till the elimination of food adulterators and deal with them with an iron hand and show no concession.
The director general said that our teams are fully active to ensure the provision of safe and healthy food as well as to make Punjab adulteration free as per the vision of Punjab government.