Lahore: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) carried out inspection of hotels and bistros (dhabas) on Wednesday in the industrial areas of various cities in the province.
“Checking of food quality, ingredients and cleanliness of 185 places was carried out, 35 eateries were fined and 143 others were issued warning notices,” the Punjab Food Authority official said.
It said 69 locations in Lahore, 74 in Rawalpindi and 42 in South Punjab were inspected altogether across the province.
PFA Director GeneralCaptain (retd) Mohammed Usman told that fines worth Rs0.2 million were imposed during the raids over improper storage system and expired food ingredients.
DG also told that 18 dhabas were asked to apply for the proper license for selling their food.
“Our top priority is to ensure provision of best food to common men,” he said.
Last week PFA sealed three hotels and imposed heavy fine in five hotels that were labelled four or five start hotels. They were fined over use of unhygienic food, expired ingredients in a crackdown in Lahore.
Details tell that 26 hotel inspections were conducted by PFA in three and four star categories. 15 hotels were issued warnings over their poor food quality.
DG PFA said that eateries were sealed because of the spoiled vegetables and fruits being used.