It seems that the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to safeguarding the public’s health.
PFA is out and about sealing unhygienic factories and places that are not up to the standard. In their latest move, they have sealed a company refilling fake beverages and a case has been registered against them.
The refilling unit is located in Ahmad Park on Sheikhupura Road, Lahore and the authority has confiscated all the machinery. The Raffique Milk Shop has been fined by the authority for not making proper insect control arrangements. A notice was also issued to the shop for not obtaining proper the requisite food license for conducting business in the province.
The Director General of Punjab Food Authority, Noorul Amin Mengal, said that the case has been registered against the offenders and legal action will be taken. It was also revealed that the bottles were being marketed as the original brand in different areas of the province. More than 19,000 litres of harmful beverage that was being filled in bottles of a famous brand have been discarded.
Not the first time
Just over a month ago, the PFA inspected over 300,000 litres of milk from random vehicles carrying them in the major cities of Punjab and a total of over 25,000 liters of it was discarded for being substandard. The PFA claimed that harmful chemicals and vegetable fat had been added to the milk.
Moreover, also around the same timeline as the milk disposal incident, the PFA also raided various sweetmeat production units in Lahore and Rawalpindi just as the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays were growing close and around 240 kg ready to sell sweetmeat and over 400kg of raw ingredients were thrown out due to the unhygienic conditions they were kept in.
The authority also took action against Saddique Sons Oil and Ghee Mills and Olympia Oil Mills on the basis that both had stored edible oil in rusty drums and both also failed to make insect control arrangements in their production units.