LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed seven breakfast points besides serving heavy fines to as many as 64 food business operators (FBOs) across the province.
According to the details, on the directions of PFA Director General Captain (r) Muhammad Usman, food safety teams raided 328 breakfast points in a daylong operation.
The teams thoroughly inspected the food quality, hygiene issues, food safety standards and implementation of the Punjab Pure Food Regulations during raids.
PFA checked 126 food points in Lahore Zone, 149 in Rawalpindi, 103 in Multan and 43 in Muzaffargarh. The teams also served warning notices for improvement to 337 FBOs.
PFA DG Muhammad Usman said the action was taken against violators for not using food safety kits, poor physical hygiene of workers, using blue drums to store drinking water and serving food in rusty vessels.
Apart from that, newspapers and trash (waste material) were being used to cover/enclose food like bakarkhani, naan bread (tortilla), halwa puri, chakori etc.
He said that the authority was providing training to food business handlers and workers in PFA Training Schools. “PFA is checking breakfast points to maintain the quality of food at eateries on a regular basis,” the DG added.