PFA discards 4,000kg tainted pickle

June 25, 2024
This representational image shows pickles. — APP/File

LAHORE:An enforcement team of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA), under the supervision of its Director General Muhammad Asim Javaid, raided a factory in Badami Bagh and discarded 4,000kg substandard pickle here on Monday.


In a statement, Asim Javaid said the authority took action against the pickle manufacturing unit after recovering thousands of kilograms of fungus-infested pickle while it was being packed in attractive packing of different popular brands. He said that hazardous chemicals were being used during the process of drenching the inferior quality vegetable and fruit in vinegar and oil while it was preserved in non-food grade drums.

On the other hand, the PFA DG visited 18 food points in the City and imposed a Rs215,000 fine on eight eateries besides issuing warning notices to 10 others.Meanwhile, the authority discarded 1,300 litre adulterated milk, lemon juice and expired edibles. He said that milk was discarded after proving contamination of polluted water, low level of fats and a lack of nutritional values in it. Asim Javaid said that the authority took action against fast food points due to the stinky environment in the storage area, an abundance of insects and the worst condition of hygiene. Apart from that, workers of the food points did not have medical and training certificates.