LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Sunday discarded as many as 700,000 putrid eggs at a solid waste dumping site, apart from unearthing a fake milk factory that produced over 20,000 litres of tainted milk daily, a press release said.
According to details, rotten eggs worth millions of rupees were disposed of by the provincial food watchdog under the supervision of PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman at Solid Waste Dumping Site, Lakhodair.
On the occasion, Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that rotten eggs were brought at the dumping site after seizing from Burewala and Chichawatni during different raids.
He said that putrid eggs were collected from various hatcheries and cold stores on cheap rates and to be supplied to different biscuit manufacturers and bakeries for manufacturing bakery items after getting powder from those eggs.
Responding to a question, he said that the purpose of discarding substandard quality food at the dumping site is to conserve the environment and make it eco-friendly for which the PFA is carefully following the environmental protection principles.
“The food safety teams and vigilance cell of PFA are fully active in Punjab against the food adulteration mafia and taking strict action against them as per law. I’m personally monitoring the activities of operational teams against food business operators added that food adulteration mafia cannot save themselves from the eye of PFA,” Usman mentioned.
The DG further said that the key objective and mission of PFA is to ensure the provision of quality food in Punjab and to make Punjab’s food adulteration free as per the vision of government.
In a separate raid, the authority conducted a special raid and caught 20,000 litres tainted milk in Pakpattan the other day. The sting operation was led by PFA DG Muhammad Usman.
The provincial food regulatory body in collaboration with local police have also arrested the owner of the factory named Mazhar Iqbal and registered a case against him in the respective police stations.
Captain (R) Muhammad Usman informed that the raid was conducted against the factory of fake milk on the tip-off of PFA’s vigilance cell after one-week sting operations.
He said that milk was being produced by adding the contamination of powder, cooking oil, chemicals, surf and other adulterated material. He said that chemically contained milk is injurious to health especially for children.
He added that PFA will make Punjab’s land narrow for adulteration mafia and those food business operators who are producing substandard and harmful food.