83 breakfast points fined for poor hygiene


LAHORE: In a province-wide operation against unhygienic and substandard breakfast food points, the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) enforcement teams visited as many as 269 eateries and penalised 83 Food Business Operators (FBOs) with heavy fine tickets here on Sunday.

Fine tickets were issued over failure to maintain the hygiene working environment and violation of the PFA act rules. This was informed by PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman.

He said that the authority raided 99 breakfast points in Lahore and as many as 23 FBOs were punished due to poor sanitation condition. Also, 85 food points were checked in the North Zone and 32 shopkeepers were issued fine tickets. Food safety teams visited 35 premises in the South Zone for the inspection of the quality of food and safety measures.

Usman said that the PFA has sealed one food point in North Zone for selling a stale food to their customers and poor cleanliness arrangements. DG said that overall condition at fast food points was found satisfactory which credit goes to our team and FBOs who are abiding by the PFA’s regulations.

He said that the PFA has constituted special teams for breakfast food points checking on the weekend. He also appreciated teams for ensuring the provision of standard food in Punjab added that, the purpose of this drive was not to disturb the business but our ulterior motive is to reform the food industry.