PFA discards 600kg fungus-infested candied fruit, vegetable

PFA discards 600kg fungus-infested candied fruit, vegetable

LAHORE: An enforcement team of Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has ceased the production of a murabba unit and discarded 600kg of candied fruit during the raid conducted under the supervision of PFA Director General Mudassar Riaz Malik.

He said PFA has lodged a First Information Report (FIR) against the accused over violations of the Punjab Pure Food Regulations. He said that the unit was functional in a house located in Shad Bagh, Lahore.

He said that rotten fruits and vegetables had been preserved in a stinky environment after coating them with hazardous chemicals. Meanwhile, the PFA team witnessed an abundance of flies and insects on fungus-infested murabba and worst conduction of hygiene. Apart from that, the food business operator failed to present the necessary record to the raiding team on the spot.

PFA DG further said that substandard candied fruits and vegetables were supplied to local hotels and in the market after packing in attractive packaging just to draw the attention of customers.

Mudassar said that the provincial food regulatory body has escalated its operations activities against the counterfeiters and adulteration mafia in Punjab as well as fully committed to ensuring the provision of safe and healthy food as per the vision of the Punjab government.

He has directed FBOs to follow the Punjab Pure Food Regulations otherwise, lawbreakers would be dealt with iron-handedly. He has appealed to join hands with PFA in the elimination of the adulteration mafia from Punjab.


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