Punjab Food Authority Seals Popular Fast Food Chains in Lahore

To monitor the quality of food offered to the general public, Director General Punjab Food Authority (PFA), Noorul Amin Mengal, and Provincial Food Minister, Bilal Yasin, visited several international and local food chain franchises.

As a consequence, Fat Burger was sealed while a heavy fine was imposed on Hardee’s at MM Alam Road.

Raids at Popular Fast Food Outlets

Fat Burger outlet was found using expired cooking oil for frying while the buns and bread were also no longer edible.

A fine of Rs. 0.1 million was imposed on Hardee’s over unhygienic cooking environment. PFA teams also found substantial evidence that Hardee’s employees were making use of expired cooking oil.

Salt’n Pepper was sealed a few days ago over inadequate cleaning measures. It has now been reopened after proper reforms were implemented.

Noorul Amin Mengal affirmed that PFA will continue to take action against those businesses which provide substandard food quality or do not implement proper hygienic measures.

A couple of days ago, PFA imposed a hefty fine of Rs. 200,000 on Pizza Hut at MM Alam Road. The fast food chain was found using raw material without proper labeling and lacked addresses of the production factories.

Most popular food outlets are reluctant to show their kitchens to inspectors and customers even though it is the legal right of every citizen to confirm what they are being sold is of acceptable quality.

Juice Factory Sealed

PFA has also raided a Pure Foods juice production facility in Sheikhupura. A total of over 500,000 substandard juice packets were confiscated during the operation. The raid was led by DG PFA who found that there was no fruit pulp in the factory and the juice samples failed the quality tests. The production facility was immediately sealed.

Mengal added “Producing juice without pulp is a heinous crime. It is equivalent of playing with children’s lives. Juices are popular among children and if such juices come to the market without proper checking, it could cause health issues including stomach aches and even cancer.”

Via: The Nation

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  • Why only one or two big cities of Punjab? These kind of quality checked are required in other cities as well.

    • بھائی لاہور، لاہور ہے۔ دبئی تو اِس کے پیر کی دھول ہے۔ جو چیز دبئی والے سوچ بھی نہیں سکتے وہ چیزیں یہاں عام ہیں۔۔۔!!!

  • For many Pakistanis, Expiration date means nothing. You can walk into Mega Malls, and find expired products in shelves, especially Cheese, Cookies and so on.

    • Exactly, Imtiaz Gulshan main mai main nay khud 1 month poorana expired maal para daikha hai. Koye khareednay wala Zehmat he nahi karta expiry date daikhnay ke.

      • But does the food really expires? I agree that some items might be perishable or have some chemical reactions going on, but most of the items can be consumed even after the so called expiry dates.

  • McDonald’s is the only one with international hygiene standards. It has opened its kitchens for everyone to inspect including the general public.

  • I quote: “Most popular food outlets are reluctant to show their kitchens to inspectors and customers even though it is the legal right of every citizen to confirm what they are being sold is of acceptable quality.”

    Who gives a damn here…?!

    You’ve got to see The KFC branch in my area (GPS Coordinates: 31.522484, 74.290023). They’ve an EXTREMELY dirty kitchen and throw all kind of trash in the backyard and it stays there until it starts to rot and stench really bad… But you’ll see a TON of people going their with sheer proud as they consider it a ‘status symbol’…! You’ll see TONS of Romeos and Juliettes ‘wannabees’ during supper times…!

    We don’t give a dime about food quality… The poor is concerned about ‘money’ and the rich is concerned about ‘status’… No one seems to care about ‘taste’ and ‘hygiene’ anymore, except for maybe the lower middle-class such as myself who mostly consume home-made foods, for “obvious” reasons…!

    Unfortunately; Punjab food authority is nothing but a bloody joke here… It’s only for small, newborn businesses (Such as ‘Fat Burger’) and big names like KFC, McDonalds and their local mock-ups such as AFC, BFC and Fried Chicks (Which BTW belong to a powerful PMLN politician) etc comfortably slip under their radar… I guess food inspectors are on their ‘payroll’…? I’m merely speculating here but I won’t be surprised if that’s really the case…!

    One of the perks of living in Pakistan…!!!

    Ever wondered why we don’t see “Awara Kutas” wandering about in our streets anymore…? Well, we; The Awam; have eaten them all (involuntarily, of course)…!!! A great substitute for mutton…!!!

    And I hear that donkeys taste just like beef…!!! Well, I’m not willing to find out personally…!


    Good Day!

    • Haha.. ?
      Well I do agree that.
      And it’s a well known fact now that most of the food outlets are unhygienic.
      Obviously if such big food firms like Hardee’s(Carl’s Jr.®) and Pizzahut are not upto the mark then one can easily imagine the status and quality of food from other local sources.
      And I think that it was of a much hype about donkey’s meat as I have read fee articles about it. (It was true may be but nor upto that extent)

  • As for as they are affiliated to RAK PORCELAIN.
    In a way to standard they should must focus their food quality also.

  • jaise jamadar saray mohlay ka kachra utha ker phir ghar ja ker sabun se hath doh ker kahana khata hai or ausay kuch nahi hota, wesay he hum ab esi cheezon par used to ho chukay hain. akal inko pehle isatmal kerni thi btw good thing they banned it

  • They just want to stay in the news by going after the big fish. PFA is an eyewash that is barely operational in a couple of cities of Punjab for media limelight.

  • Even the garbage you dump in your baskets is probably cleaner than the filth being sold in these fast food joints. But we are slaves of our taste buds. We would even eat shit if it tasted good =|

  • Naton wants to be rich overnight as infrastructure is costly in these areas.

  • Nation wants to be rich overnight as infrastructure is costly in these areas.

  • خوشی ہوئی کہ آپ نے ریستورانوں کے نام بھی دیئے۔ آئندہ بھی ایسا ہی کیا کریں۔ عوام کو معلوم ہونا چاہیئے کہ ان سے کون دشنی کر رہا ہے۔

  • Goooooooooooooood job, Plzzzzzzz don’t stop, keep raiding ….
    I wish and hope that other provinces will follow the same.

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