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Operation launched against food adulteration

By Bureau report
March 26, 2024
Staple food can be seen in bags at the market. — AFP/File
Staple food can be seen in bags at the market. — AFP/File

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Safety and Halal Food Authority’s newly appointed Director General Wasif Saeed has launched a crackdown against the food adulteration mafia.

During a recent operation on Dilazak Road in Peshawar the team, supervised by Wasif Saeed, conducted raids on dairy shops, grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants.

Samples of milk were collected from various supply tanks and shops and subjected to testing at a modern mobile food testing lab.The resulting substandard led to the discarding of over 500 liters of milk found unfit for consumption.

Counterfeit and substandard food items were seized from grocery stores during the operation. The owners were fined under the Food Safety Act, and further action was being taken as per the ac. Director General Wasif Saeed said that the crackdown was aimed at eradicating adulteration and ensuring public health.

He added that the objective was not to harm food businesses but to guarantee the supply of quality food items in markets.“Those found jeopardizing the health of citizens will face strict legal action”, added the official.

Wasif Saeed directed all food safety teams to conduct regular inspections of food businesses during Ramazan, ensuring compliance with food safety standards.He stated that the initiative underscored the KP Food Authority’s commitment to safeguarding public health and upholding food safety standards.