FAISALABAD, Nov 8 (Pakistan Point News - APP - 08th Nov, 2016 ) : Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has started working in Faisalabad in order to check food quality and adulteration in food items for the protection of citizens health under the vision of Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin along with Director General Punjab Food Authority (PFA) Noorul Ameen Mengal inaugurated the newly established office of PFA here at Muslim Town Sargodha road.
DCO Salman Ghani, Deputy Director Operation PFA Shahbaz Ahmad, Food Safety Officers, other staff and representatives of civil society were also present on the occasion. Talking to the media, Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin said the Punjab government was very much committed to eliminate adulteration in food items and sale of unhygienic/substandard edibles from the society. He said Punjab Food Authority had been established under amended laws & rules for strengthening the system of checking of food items and taking the adulteration mafia into logic end by awarding them punishment.
The minister said Punjab Food Authority was establishing its offices at Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Murree in first phase and it would be expanded up to entire Punjab in near future for massive and vigorous operation against the sale and process of unhygienic and adulterated food items. He informed that the CM Punjab had approved the project of establishment of state of art multi purpose food and drug testing laboratory at a cost of billion of rupees for testing the food and drugs on international standard in order to ensuring the pure and genuine food and drugs for the citizens.
The minister cleared that the Punjab Food Authority would work independently without any hindrance and political pressure, while across the board operation would be conducted against the forgery and adulteration of food. He said restaurants, hotels, food outlets, bakeries, sweet shop and other eateries were being checked without any discrimination and heavy fines were being imposed against the owners for violating of pure food license and food act.
He hoped that PFA at Faisalabad would yield successful results and come up to the expectations of the people. He appreciated the efforts of DG PFA Noorul Ameen Mengal for showing good performance of PFA and establishment of its office at Faisalabad which was matter of great pleasure for the citizens of Faisalabad. He also lauded the support of district administration and said that coordinated efforts should be mobilized for achieving the desired results to check the food items so as all out resources had been provided to the PFA.
DG PFA Noorul Amin Mengal informed that more than 20 staff members including food scientists had been provided at Faisalabad and operation had been started against the sale and process of unhygienic and adulterated food. He said the existence of PFA staff would be seen clearly by its performance and working. He said stoppage of forgery and adulteration in food was not only noble job but also a solid commitment to serve the people. He informed that awareness campaign would also be continued side by side by holding seminars, distribution of informative literature and displaying of banners and the owners of the restaurants, hotels, food centres and food factories would be given advices for ensuring hygienic food processing and violators would be dealt with iron hand.
He informed that vigilance system was also being introduced to detect the dens of adulteration mafia. He cleared that PFA would work for the reformations of the system of sale and process of food items for introducing culture of pure food availability in the society. Later, Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin and DG PFA Noorul Ameen Mengal inspected some food centres and eateries in the areas of D Ground Peoples Colony along with force of food safety officers and checked the ingredients being used for the process of fried chicken. The DG PFA imposed fine of Rs 200,000 to the owner of fried chicken centre for using expired oil. They advised the owners of the eateries to keep available health certificate of the staff besides following the instructions of food act for the sale of pure and hygienic food items to the consumers.