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LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed 31 food points and penalized dozens of food business operators (FBOs) with hefty fines while carrying out a routine inspection operation across the province. Director General PFA (DG) Irfan Memon said PFA is tightening the grip of law against those food business operators who continue to break the law.

He said that only through the registration of food units is it possible to control adulteration in Punjab for which all necessary steps are being taken by PFA. People should use vegetables and fruits in their routine diet instead of preferring fast-food because it helps to maintain the deficiency of water level in the body during the summer season.

The food safety teams have sealed six food points and disposed of 8,000 litres tainted milk in North Region. According to details, PFA Sargodha teams sealed two food joints for selling gutka and violations of the Food Act.

A team of PFA raided Noor Tuck Shop in Jhelum and sealed it due to selling expired biscuits and cold drinks. It has sealed Dastagir Bakers over the presence of rats in the production area in Chakwal. Mian General Store was sealed by PFA Khushab team over a failure to produce a food license.

In Gujranwala division, the provincial food regulatory body has sealed seven food units over multiple violations. PFA Gujranwala team has closed down Hafiz Nimko in Khayali Shahpur over proved adulteration of daal matri in the preparation of nimko. Mubashir Cold Corner and Abrar Cold Corner were sealed for not getting renewal of license from the competent authority in Pindi Bhattian.

Similarly, PFA watchdog team had closed down Hasnain Milk Shop & Sweets for selling impure milk in the area of Sialkot. A team of PFA also sealed Umair General Store for not following the rules and regulations of the authority. The team has sealed Mazhar Milk Collection Center in Mandi Bhauddin on account of adulteration whereas officials closed down Baba Rizwan Hotel in Gujarat for not paying the fine amount.

PFA Faisalabad team has sealed Dildar Tea Stall & Milk Shop in Ghulam Abad over found hairs in yoghurt, the presence of dead flies in freezers and proved contamination of polluted water in milk. The team disposed of 100 liters milk after taking into custody from the spot.

Furthermore, the teams have sealed 17 eateries in South Region including 11 food points in Multan and Sahiwal divisions whereas six food businesses in Bahawalpur Division. The raids were conducted under the supervision of Director Operations (South-I) Dr Atta Ul Haq Khokhar and Director Operations (SouthII) Shahzad Magsi in their respective areas.

The authority discarded 20,000kg potato fries; 3,060kg spices; 1,800kg pepper (crackers); 2,300-litre milk and 1,255-litre beverages whereas confiscated 600 litres soda water, 440 litre substandard oil, 100kg pulses, 100kg nimko and 17 packing machines.

PFA Multan's teams have sealed Y&Z Foods in Shujabad, Majid Traders in Shawala Basti and Nayyab Foods at Bypass Chowk. All food points were sealed for keeping a huge quantity of expired items, using untraceable ingredients and misbranding. The authority also closed down Madni Soda Water in Lodhran and two food points in Khanawal for using artificial sweeteners.

In Khanawal, food team sealed Nazir Oil and Spices Chaki (grinding unit) due to selling tainted red chilli and the presence of rats. A dairy safety team has closed down Jamal Pura Milk Collection Center in Chak Shafi, Pakpattan over proved contamination.

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