PFA seals fake ketchup factory, stops production of two production units

Ketchup

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has rooted out a ketchup production unit and stopped production of two food points on account of adulteration and substandard operations while carrying out an operation under the supervision of PFA Director General Irfan Memon.

The provincial food regulatory body also lodged an FIR against the fake ketchup production unit after rooting out the machinery including three gas cylinder, two grinding machines, two burners, two weight machines, motor and non-food graded drums. Further, PFA has discarded 1,300kg substandard ketchup, 400kg pulp, 400kg starch and a huge quantity of loose colours and chemicals.

Irfan Memon said that fake ketchup of famous brands was being prepared with hazardous ingredients. He said that the raiding team also witnessed wrong labelling on products and worst condition of hygiene. Apart from that, the production unit was being run without getting a food license from PFA. He said that the raid was conducted on the tipoff of the vigilance cell. Similarly, the PFA watchdog team has stopped the production of ABN Foods and SBN Foods in Kenchi Bazaar by imposing emergency prohibition orders. He added that PFA does not only seal the premises of forgers and adulterators but also confiscate the machinery after rooting out during the raid.

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