PFA discards 15,000 gutka packets, 750kg stale fish


LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) on Sunday confiscated thousands of gutka packets and hundreds of kilograms stale fish during raids conducted in different areas of the metropolis.

PFA Director General (R) Captain Muhammad Usman said that the raids were made on the tip-off from the vigilance cell.

“The PFA has seized 15,000 gutka packets of one-to-one, Rattan, GM and different other brands during inspections of warehouses. The sale of hazardous gutka is strictly banned under the ongoing campaign against it titled ‘Gutka Free Punjab Mission’,” he said and assured that the authority is taking all necessary measures against gutka under zero-tolerance policy across the province.

He said that gutka is injurious to health and causes mouth cancer and other diseases.

Similarly, the enforcement team of the authority seized 750kg stale fish while carrying out an operation in the fish market, located at Lohari Gate. The DG said that all confiscated material was sent to the Lahore Waste Management Company’s dumping site as per eco-friendly policy.

He informed that food safety teams also served warning notices for improvement to 37 food points. Muhammad Usman further said that the authority is ensuring the provision of standard and quality food in Punjab as per “Healthy Punjab” mission under its slogans “From Farm to Fork”.