As many as 18 food businesses were shut down by Punjab Food Authority (PFA) conducted its routine inspection operation across the province here on Monday.
Meanwhile, PFA officials have imposed Rs0.363 million on numerous food business operators over violations of the rules. Further, food safety teams have served warning notices for improvement to more than 500 eateries in a daylong operation. This was informed by PFA Director General Irfan Memon.
During the operation, teams have thoroughly examined the food quality, hygiene and food safety standards to ensure the availability of safe and healthy food for public. In Rawalpindi, PFA shut down Nawaz Foods and Bismillah Naan Shop for not taking measures to control pests and failing to meet hygienic working environment. A dairy safety team also sealed Kashmir Milk Shop for selling adulterated milk. PFA Attock team raided Al-Hamra Sweets and sealed it due to using chemicals and non-food graded colours in the preparation of sweets and non-compliance of instructions. Further, Al-Khalis Unit Store was sealed by PFA for selling expired food items.
PFA raided Azam Sweets in Faisalabad and sealed it due to the presence of insects, failing to take measures to control pests and stinky environment. Apart from that, workers of the shop did not have medical certificates. PFA also sealed Madina Special Nimko over violation of labelling rules, usage of hazardous oil and poor cleanliness arrangements. Further, food authority team shut down Khaliq Khoya Bhatti in Jhang on account of adulteration and poor storage system.
Punjab Food Authority’s enforcement teams also sealed three food businesses in the South region. Malik Karyana Store was sealed for selling adulterated spices and expired food items in Bahawalpur. Food authority also shut down production unit of Jameel Fish Fry in Muzaffargarh and Madni Refreshment in DG Khan. Both food points were sealed due to using substandard ingredients, poor storage system, worst condition of hygiene and non-compliance of instructions.
The provincial food regulatory also imposed Rs72,000 fine in Sargodha, Rs121,000 fine in Rawalpindi, Rs38,000 fine in Faisalabad and Rs132,500 fine in South Punjab over violations. Meanwhile, the authority also served warning notices for improvement to 341 food points in a daylong operation. The teams also discarded a huge quantity of unwholesome food and served warning notices for improvement of dozen of eateries. The PFA is tightening its grip against forgers to make Punjab food adulteration-free province, DG said.