PFA seals six food points, 2 warehouses over adulteration, non-compliance of instructions

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Confiscates 41,905 kg tainted food, 17,728 gutka packets, 5,442 litres spurious oil,

Rawalpindi: (Parliament Times)     The Punjab Food Authority under the supervision of its Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman carried out a massive crackdown against adulteration mafia in Rawalpindi, sealed six factories and two warehouses over multiple violations of the PFA Act.

The provincial food regulatory body carried out intensified inspection targeting adulterators that continued 16 hours long in different areas of the city. The raids were conducted in the area of Rawat Industrial Area Ganj Mandi, Satellite Town and Commercial Market.

As many as 41,905-kilogram inferior quality food, 17,728 packets of gutka and 5,442 litres spurious oil extracted from animals fat were confiscated by the PFA. The main purpose of the inspection was to ensure the supply of standard food in the market of Punjab as per the vision of Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar before the beginning of the Ramadan.

Breakdown the statistics of the confiscated material, 17,765 kilogram Desi Ghee, 6,860 kg red chilli powder and 480 kg red chilli pepper was seized under the PFA inspection. Enforcement teams also recovered 17,728 packets of Gutka, 16,800 kilograms of fried onion and 5,442 kilograms of oil.

DG PFA Muhammad Usman said that Rawat Oil and Ghee factory was shut down due to using prohibited ingredients in the preparation of ghee and oil. He said that the authority has sealed the stock of 17,765 kg ghee and handed over 1,750 litres substandard oil to Biodiesel Company. The raiding team also sealed Raja Shahid and Co. and Chaudhary Shoaib unit over produced tainted spices. The director general said that PFA has sealed Zauq Classic Production unit for supplying rotten fried onion in another raid.

Further, the food authority raided Majeed & Sons Warehouse and Ahmad Ali Traders, sealed both premises after recovering 17,728 packets of gutka. The sale of gutka is strictly prohibited in Punjab after imposing a ban on it by the Punjab Food Authority. DG said that PFA has closed down a branch of renowned Fast Food Chain due to the improper cleanliness arrangements and for not complying with authority instructions. Meanwhile, food safety team sealed Sheikh Poultry Protein Processing Production for not maintaining the proper record. Apart from that, 6 tons of oil was also recovered from the production unit during the raid.

Muhammad Usman further said that field operations shall continue for 24 hours to make Punjab adulteration free. Authority is fully committed to eliminating the impure food items and to ensure the provision of quality food for the public across the province, he added.