13 food businesses sealed, more than 60 FBOs penalized with Rs661800 fine in Punjab

Punjab Food Authority

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) in action, six food businesses of famous ice-cream production unit are sealed for using tea whitener in the name of milk and other hygiene issues in the provincial metropolis on Wednesday.

The crackdown was launched on the directions of PFA Director General Noor ul Amin Mengal. Food Safety Teams has visited on various frozen desserts, ice-creams and milkshake points for examining the quality of food and food standards.

Over failure to meet the standards and regulations, all branches of Ice Land was shutter down in the area of Faisal Town, Johar Town, DHA and Iqbal Town. The teams also sealed production unit in Khuda Bakhsh Colony and Frozen Factory in Manawan area on the account of wrong labeling products.

DG said that no clue was found of milk presence in Ice Land’s branches during the visit. Tea-whitener was being used in the preparing of milkshake, ice creams, and other desserts. As well, frozen dessert factory was sealed for using ice-cream word on the label of frozen dessert which was produced with vegetable fats. DG said that PFA will not allow anyone for selling frozen desserts as ice cream by deceiving customers.

Mengal said that as per survey report 44 % children are victim of physical growth, whereas dairy fat is compulsory for children’s growth however vegetable fat is not good for people. He said that it is unlawful to sell frozen dessert in the name of ice cream.

Separately, PFA has sealed 13 food businesses and imposed fine tickets of Rs661800 on more than 60 food premises for not complying with PFA’s institutions and over failure to maintain the hygienic working environment.

Out of 13, 3 food points sealed in Multan, 4 in Gujranwala, 5 in Rawalpindi and 1 each in DG Khan and Faisalabad divisions. The teams also charged Rs103500 fine from 7 FBOs in Multan, imposed Rs82000 fine on 9 shops in Rawalpindi, Rs215000 fine on 8 in Sargodha, Rs116300 fine on 20 food outlets in Gujranwala, Rs 94000 fine on 10 in DG Khan, Rs 400 in Kasur, Rs31000 fine on 3 in Faisalabad and Rs16000 fine on 2 food businesses in Bahawalpur division.

During daylong activity, raiding teams have also observed multiple food safety issues like use of non-food grade colour in the preparing of sweets, not to maintain the record, use rotten vegetables, cooking food in rancid oil and many others. Apart from that, workers of the food outlets did not have medical certificates.

PFA’s watchdogs have discarded huge quantity of substandard and unhygienic food including 800kg spices (chaat masala), 130kg pepper, 350kg raw material, 50kg chines salt, 219 litres soft drinks, 10kg pickles and 100litres adulterated milk. PFA has also served improvement and warning notices on various food points during operation.

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