The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has been very active lately. The authority recently raided two sweetmeat production units in Lahore and Rawalpindi.
The raid was conducted as the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr holidays draw closer.
Considering the fact that sale of confectionary items and “mithai” rise exponentially during the Eid, the timing of these raids are significant. It seems that the Punjab Food Authority is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to safeguarding the public’s health.
Around 240 kg of ready-to-sell sweetmeat and 400 kg of worth of substandard ingredients were dumped by the PFA team during their raids at two popular bakers and confectioner units. The ingredients were found to be of inferior quality, kept in unhygienic conditions.
According to Director General PFA Noor-ul-Amin Mengal,
Cockroaches and other insects were found in the ready-to-sell sweetmeat that was stored on the premises’ floor.
All the premises were sealed by the food monitoring authority afterwards.
25,000 Litres of Milk Disposed off
Only yesterday, the authority inspected nearly 300,000 litres of milk and disposed off 25,000 litres of it. Milk was inspected across different cities in the Punjab province. 112, 72, 81, 67 and 54 vehicles were checked in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan and Rawalpindi respectively.
Mr. Mengal said that the milk was artificially thickened using chemicals and vegetable fat.
Restaurants Sealed in Lahore
A few days earlier, the authority raided popular restaurants and fast food joints in Lahore. DG PFA and Provincial Food Minister, Bilal Yasin visited individual restaurants in person. The raid was carried out in Lahore.
Fat burger was sealed in addition to Hardee’s at MM Alam Road getting a heavy fine. Salt’n Pepper and Pizza Hut also received substantial fines due to unhygienic kitchens, using raw material without proper labeling, substandard food quality, and for using expired cooking oil.