Lahore: The Punjab Food Authority’s (PFA) inspection teams went to various ‘bachat bazaars’ in different districts of the province and inspected the quality of food products.
The PFA told media that around 548 stalls were thoroughly checked.
Around 88 food stalls were checked in Lahore, while 431 food stalls were checked in Rawalpindi.
Inspection of 20 stalls in Multan and nine stalls in Muzzafargarh was carried out by the PFA officials.
Director General Captain (retd) Muhammad Usman informed that rotten vegetables and fruits were taken into the custody from the carts and sellers, immediate notices were taken against them and warnings were issued to various stalls.
PFA seized around 35,000 kilograms spoiled spices and 1,000 kilogram rotten fruits preserved in Lahore.
A spice grinding unit and a fruit preserves (Marbba) factory was sealed in the city for poor quality ingredients.
Food regulatory body and watchdog sealed a huge Abdullah Grinding Unit in Badami Bagh for selling contaminated spices.
“19 thousands kg red pepper, 17 thousands kg turmeric powder and raw material have been confiscated from the grinding unit,” the DG PFA said.
DG PFA said that adulterated spies are being made up in the units and supplied the different stores and this must be stopped.
A fruit preserve manufacturing factory was sealed for making fruit preserves from rotten fruits and dangerous chemicals.
“350 kg spoiled fruits, 200 kg syrup, 50 kg chemicals, 20 kg textile colours and chemical drums have been impounded from the factory,” said the PFA.