LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Monday unearthed three illegal fat rendering units and disposed of 3,000 litres of oil which was produced after melting animal filth.

The operation was led by PFA Director General Irfan Memon along with a food safety team in the slum area of Karol Ghati.

Mr Memon said the PFA shut down Sheikh Ramzan, Waris and Molvi Islam Fat Rendering units for extracting oil from animal fat and filth. All units were involved in illegal food businesses and failed to produce record of oil supply during raids.

He said the extracted oil was supplied to local shopkeepers after mixing in the used cooking oil. The PFA sealed the premises. The authority also closed down 32 food points besides three fat rendering units during operation across the province.

In south region, PFA shut down two karyana stores in Bahawalpur while one each in Muzaffargarh and Raheem Yar Khan. It sealed all food points for preserving food items with non-food graded products, on contamination in chilli and turmeric, abundance of insects and for the worst condition of hygiene.

3,000 litres of dirty oil disposed of

PFA Sargodha teams sealed Mukhtar Milk collection unit and Al-Hamd Dairy for selling adulterated milk and non-compliance of instructions. Further, the teams closed down Sheikh Poultry and Arshad Mutton Shop for selling unhygienic meat and failing to meet hygienic working environment. Similarly, Javed Fat Rendering Unit was sealed for extracting oil from animal fat.

In Khushab, a team sealed Ameen Dhodha House due to the presence of substandard items and rats in the production area.

The PFA sealed Makki Traders and Abdullah Traders in Faisalabad due to misbranding, wrong labelling and the worst condition of hygiene. A team closed down Jamal Chicken Shop for not having medical certificates and stinky environment.

In Jhang, a team raided Fast Food Spices Unit over adulteration and neglecting the previous instructions of the authority.

In Gujranwala division, Take Aways food point was sealed due to the usage of substandard cooking oil and unavailability of medical certificates of workers.

In Sialkot, Heera Meat Shop was sealed for not depositing previous fine, having no impression of stamp on meat and excess of insects.

Furthermore, PFA officials collected a fine of Rs499,500 for violating the regulations in Gujranwala division and discarded a huge quantity of unwholesome food items, adulterated spices and toxic chemicals. Similarly, 211 food points were issued warning notices.

Published in Dawn, February 25th, 2020

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