Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has conducted massive inspection drive on food outlets situated at the motorway and highways here on Wednesday.
Food safety teams (FSTs) under the supervision of officials have visited several service areas and shut down 11 restaurants, as well as punished nine food business operators (FBOs) with heavy fines.
During inspection drive, PFA’s enforcement teams thoroughly examined the kitchen, warehouse and storage area of the hotels, restaurants, snack bars, tuck shops, cafes and marts in daylong operation. The purpose behind the inspection was examined the food quality, hygiene issues, food safety standards by ensuring the provision of healthy and safe food for the commuters as per the vision of Punjab government.
PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that Chicken Broast located at the Saul Mor Rest area and Silver Spoon were sealed for using rancid oil, loose spices and not comply with authority instructions.
In Bhera Sevice Area, teams shut down a famous fast food chain Gloria Jean’s and Grill Restaurant due to using expired and already used food ingredients, poor storage and the presence of rodents in the premises.
PFA watchdog teams also closed down Bismillah Dera, Handi & Green Lagoon Restaurant, Rahat Bakers, Soon Valley, Roz Restaurant and a tuck shop in the Kalarkhar Service area. Muhammad Usman said that these food joints were sealed over an abundance of cockroaches and failure to meet hygienic working environment.
The provincial food regulatory body has imposed a heavy penalty to Perfect Fine Dine In, Serenity Restaurant, Mart 24, Gourmet Sweets, Multani Dera, Khyber Pass Shinwari and two outlets of Rahat Bakers. The director general said that the fine was imposed over violations of the Punjab Pure Food Regulations 2018. PFA also warned five food outlets, asking them to improve the hygienic condition.
The director general said that PFA is checking motorway service areas and grand trunk road as per the set inspection schedule by following the directives of CM Punjab. He said that only those food points can run their businesses in Punjab who would comply with PFA act.