Food minister pays surprise visit to Tollinton Market, warns against unhygienic conditions

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LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin has directed the meat sellers to follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the PFA regarding cleanliness.

Bilal Yasin expressed these views while talking to media after a surprise visit to Tollinton Market on Thursday.

The Poultry Association president, Food Inspector Tahira Kalsoom and the officials of Punjab Food Authority were also present at this occasion.

During the visit, the minister showed displeasure over sanitation conditions of Tollinton Market and directed the WASA officials to speed up working for early completion of the drainage system.

The minister said, “It is our moral and religious responsibility to ensure cleanliness”, and added that with the cooperation of shopkeepers, the authority has achieved a goal to convert the dirtiest market of Lahore into a clean market.

The minister appreciated the Punjab Food Authority’s (PFA) efforts in eliminating unhygienic conditions from Tollinton Market, “We will implement this model on other meat markets of the city”, he added.

The minister informed that the government would introduce “Safai” competition in other meat markets of the city.

Bilal Yasin said that due to poor sanitation conditions, shopkeepers and customers have been facing problems and directed concerned department to complete the construction work as soon as possible.

The minister warned the meat sellers and said that the PFA has launched a crackdown against the culprits involved in the selling of meat of dead and sick animals.