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January 14, 2020

Two murabba factories sealed

Lahore

January 14, 2020

Punjab Food Authority’s enforcement team Monday sealed two factories producing preserved fruit (murabba) not up to the mark in the provincial metropolis.

Officials said the authority had confiscated 12,000kg substandard food items too during the operation. PFA Director General Irfan Memon said that acting on a tip-off, the vigilance cell conducted a special operation against Arif Foods and Shahzad Foods in Shalimar Town and caught them red-handed for producing murabba with rotten vegetables and fruit. He said that rotten fruit and vegetables were purchased at a fairly cheap price from different shops. He said that preserved fruits were also kept into stinky tins and non-food graded drums. He said that PFA had also witnessed worst conditions of hygiene and other violation of the Food Act. The PFA director general said that the provincial food regulatory body would not compromise on the quality of food and such cases would be dealt with an iron hand. Meanwhile, the authority has discarded 5,000kg raw material, 4,000kg white pumpkins (petha), 250kg preserved fruits and 1,500kg sweeteners.