Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed three sweet production units and imposed heavy fines on 12 others for not maintaining hygiene and quality standards.
The PFA carried out an inspection of sweet production units across the province in connection with its ongoing drive to crack down on hotels, eateries and food production units for not complying with hygiene and quality standards.
During the drive, the PFA teams inspected 59 sweet and bakery production units. Out of these, the PFA teams sealed three and imposed a heavy fine on 12 others for violation of hygiene regulations.
Director General PFA Capt (retd) Muhammad Usman said that the sealed units were using substandard flavours, loose food colours and substandard ghee for production of sweets.
He added that during the inspection, unhygienic conditions were observed in the units. Washrooms were attached with the production areas, besides open dustbins and abundance of insects.
He added that three units were sealed while 12 other were imposed with a heavy fine. Warning letters were issued to 36 others asking them to improve their hygiene and cleanliness condition, besides using quality products.
He added that the unit issued with a warning letter would be closed down if they did not improve the hygiene condition and quality during the given timeframe.
In Lahore region, 31 sweet units were checked while in Rawalpindi 17 units were inspected. In Multan region, the PFA teams inspected 11 sweet production units, he added.