RAWALPINDI: The food branch of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) issued 190 notices to food outlets during February while eight restaurants, kitchens of bakeries, hotels and other fast food points were sealed for unhygienic and poor cleanliness conditions.
According to RCB Chief Inspector Waris Bhatti, a total of 321 food samples were collected during the current month which were sent to the lab for a quality test, while over Rs193,500 fines were also imposed on rules violators. The cases of substandard food items were also sent to the court of the cantonment magistrate which imposed fines on the violators.
Food inspectors, on the directive of Cantonment Executive Officer Dr Saima Shah, conducted surprise visits of different markets and inspected cleanliness condition along with the quality of food items.
The chief inspector also said that a team imposed fines amounting to Rs81,000 on food outlets including stall holders and vendors for unhygienic food and poor cleanliness condition on Friday. Raids on food outlets would continue, he said adding that the teams were directed to also check the health of workers serving at the food outlets.
Meanwhile, the spokesman informed that RCB has lodged an FIR with RA Bazar police station against Haji Safdar Khan, son of Afsar Khan, as he was not only a property tax defaulter of Rs113,000 but also torn off the RCB notice and manhandled an RCB official.
He said that the case has also been sent to the court of Cantt magistrate so that action could be initiated against him in accordance with the law.