Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has found that 484 food handlers in the province are unfit for their work. This was revealed in a medical report PFA received on Tuesday.
The report disclosed that 484 food handlers in the province had infectious diseases which could be transferred to the customers.
PFA had taken blood samples of 3,846 food workers for medical screening in November.
The results of the report, which came on Tuesday, disclosed that as many as 3,362 workers passed the test while the rest failed due to one or more infectious diseases.
As per PFA reports, samples of 1,786 workers in Lahore, 662 in Multan and 744 each in Gujranwala and Rawalpindi were taken for medical tests. Out of these, 484 workers had serious illnesses.
Among the unfit food handlers, 74 had hepatitis C virus (HCV), 58 hepatitis B virus (HBV), 36 tuberculosis (TB) and 316 typhoid illness, DG PFA Muhammad Usman said, adding that the authority had requested the Health Department for treatment of ill workers.