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Crackdown on adulterators continues, Five juice factories sealed

By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has continued its crackdown against adulterators across Punjab on Wednesday.
Food safety teams of the authority sealed five factories producing juices of the different popular brands. The provincial food regulatory body has recovered 1,344 litres hazardous juice, 525 litres fake soft drinks and 5,300 empty boxes during the raids. Five gas cylinders, three filling machines, storage tank, fake labels and other raw material were confiscated by Punjab Food Authority. The authority also discarded a huge quantity of loose colours and chemicals.
Punjab Food Authority Director General Captain (retired) Muhammad Usman said that authority has shut down a factory in Muridke, on charges of refilling bottles in the different brands of carbonated drinks and making spurious bottles with chemicals and contaminated water. He said that Punjab Food Authority has registered a case against the factory owner in the nearest police station.
Moreover, Punjab Food Authority’s officials have sealed Aftab Juice, Nadeem Juice and Kashif Juice in Sahiwal as well as Nadeem Ice Drink in Okara.
He said that Punjab Food Authority closed down all juice factories for preparing juices with artificial flavours, loose colours and chemicals. He said that chemically contaminated juices were selling to different shops in the market in the name of juices after giving them attractive packaging. Muhammad Usman has appealed citizens to use homemade juices because homemade food is best for consumer health. The Punjab Food Authority is eagerly working to ensure the availability of safe and wholesome food to masses in the market. People can inform Punjab Food Authority about adulteration mafia and food-related issues on its Facebook Page, mobile application and Toll-Free number 0800-80500, he added.
DG PFA directs safety teams to
continue operations during Ramadan
Usman has directed food safety teams to be more active and continuous inspections of fruits, vegetables, pulses and other essential commodities in the Ramadan Bazaars.
He also directed to depute food safety teams round the clock in markets to ensure the provision of healthy and safe food for mass. These directions were issued by Punjab Food Authority Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman while presiding over a meeting at his office on Wednesday. The heads of Operation and Vigilance wing of the Punjab Food Authority have participated in the meeting. Meanwhile, he said that open markets would be checked properly as well as Ramadan Bazaar. He ordered vigilance teams to utilize maximum energy and every possible source to dig out adulteration mafia. He also directed to constitute special teams to monitor the suspicious activities of shopkeepers and food business operators in Sehri and Iftar timings.
Captain (R) Muhammad Usman Punjab Food Authority would utilize every possible available source to eliminate adulteration mafia. Punjab Food Authority’s operations and vigilance teams would be fully active to ensure the provision of standard and healthy food as per the vision of Punjab Government. Captain (R) Muhammad Usman exclaimed that public must support Punjab Food Authority to eliminate these counterfeits. He has appealed the public to report any suspicious activities related to food adulteration and unhygienic food points on Punjab Food Authority Facebook Page and Toll-Free number 0800-80500, pointing out that all the information received will be kept strictly confidential to protect the privacy of informers. He also announced to give cash prizes among informers.

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