IFA’s action against fake pickle, tainted spices

May 25, 2024
The logo of the Islamabad Food Authority (IFA). — X/ifaislamabad/File

Islamabad: The Islamabad Food Authority (IFA) on Thursday night raided at a pickle and spice unit in the Industrial area of the Federal Capital, and sealed it while recovering 6,510 kilograms of fake pickles and 155 kilograms of tainted spices.


Talking to APP, Deputy Director (Operations) of IFA, Dr. Tahira Saddique, said that the IFA accompanied by food safety teams (FSTs) raided at late night in the pickle unit and destroyed a large quantity of contaminated food products.

She said that the inspection revealed rotten vegetables stored uncovered and treated with chemicals. The team also discovered fungus, insects, and flies infesting the pickles. The unit was using banned colours to adulterate spices and selling these items in attractive packaging, misleading consumers.

Dr. Tahira emphasised the importance of food safety and promised strict action against those who compromise the quality of food.

She urged the public to support the IFA in identifying and eliminating such practices in their neighbourhoods.