PFA discards 880kg stale meat and sick chicken

PFA discards sick chicken

LAHORE: The meat safety teams of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) imposed Rs90,000 fine on nine food business operators (FBOs) and discarded stale meat and sick chickens weighing 880kg while inspecting poultry shops in Tollinton Market and Sabzazar.

PFA Director General Muhammad Asim Javaid said that PFA’s enforcement team has caught a vehicle loaded with sick chicken that was brought to Tollinton Market for meat processing.  However, PFA ruined their unholy ambitions by taking timely action, he said.

He said that most of the broiler chickens were found to be suffering from various diseases including flu and Marek’s disease.

Moreover, He said that PFA watchdog teams took action against meat shops and imposed hefty fines for storing expired and substandard meat in freezers, poor cleanliness arrangements and an abundance of insects in the shop. The purpose of imposing a fine is to deterrent to crime in the field of the food business, he said.

PFA DG further said that the provincial food regulatory body is ensuring complete traceability of meat supplied in Lahore. He advised people to buy fresh meat rather than chicken slaughtered earlier.

He said that PFA has been taking indiscriminating action against the adulteration mafia to ensure the provision of pure and healthy food as per the vision of the Punjab CM. He appealed to the masses to inform PFA on its Facebook page and helpline 1223 in case of witnessed substandard food in the market.


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