LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has kicked off a crackdown against vegetable crops irrigated with untreated waste water, discarding 5,600 kanal of vegetables across province here on Friday.
On the directions of PFA Director General Noor ul Amin Mengal, food safety teams under the supervision of respective food safety officers (FSO’s) and operations deputy director raided vegetables fields in Punjab.
In Rawalpindi, sewerage, industrial waste and other poisonous water was being used for cultivation of vegetables. PFA, while taking action plugged out area of 109 acres and discarded thousands of mounds of vegetables. Fields crops were discarded in the area of Bibi Sahiba Darbar Gulshan Ravi, Kot Abdul Malik and Kahna with its surrounding villages.
DG Noor ul Amin Mengal said that our teams conducted operation on the report of vigilance cell and concerned officers. He said that PFA will never turn a blind eye to health hazards. He stressed the gravity of the issue and said that use of vegetables and fruits grown from waste water is extremely fatal for human health and PFA can never compromise over the health of the people.