PFA Checks 2,070 Stalls In 104 Ramadan Bazaars Across Punjab

LAHORE, (Muzaffargarh.City – 15th May, 2019 ) :Punjab Food Authority (PFA) enforcement teams Wednesday visited 2,070 food stalls in 104 Ramazan Bazaars across Punjab and discarded several kilograms inferior quality fruit and vegetables.

The PFA teams also served warning notices on 78 food business operators to improve their standard, according to PFA spokesman here Wednesday. In a daylong operation, food safety teams had checked 43 Ramadan bazaars in Lahore, 37 in Rawalpindi, 19 in Multan, and five in Muzaffargarh Zone.

Meanwhile, PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman also paid surprise visit to Ramazan bazaars in districts of Mianwali and Khushab to inspect food quality, hygiene issues and food safety standards as well as to monitor the activities of PFA field teams.

During the inspection, the DG sealed a famous sweet shop (Anwar Dhodha House), stopped production of two units and confiscated 1,376kg unwholesome food.

Food safety teams seized 864kg substandard snacks, 350kg inferior quality ghee and 180kg germs infested sweets, two mixing machines and five cylinders.

Muhammad Usman said that food authority closed down Anwar Dhodha House in Khushab for using loose colours and adulterated desi ghee in the preparation of dhodha, not taking preventative measures to control pests and failing to meet hygienic working environment.

He added that PFA also stopped the production of Malik Brothers Sweets and Tangari Unit due to using substandard ingredients by serving an Emergency Prohibition Order (EPO). In another raid, PFA imposed EPO on Hajji Shafi Tea Store over failure to meet labeling law. He vowed that Punjab Food Authority would not sit idle till elimination of food adulteration. “Our teams are fully active to ensure provision of safe and healthy food as well as to make Punjab adulteration free as per the vision of Punjab government,” he added.