Food minister, PFA pay surprise visit to Sunday bazaars


In a bid to ensure provision the of quality food, Punjab Minister for Food Samiullah Chaudhry and Director General Punjab Food Authority (PFA) Captain (r) Muhammad Usman on Sunday made surprise visits to Sunday bazaars in Lahore to inspect food items.

They conducted checking of food commodities being sold at Model Bazaar, Township, and Mian Plaza, Johar Town.

Stalls of fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish and spices were inspected. Substandard items were seized during the checking of milk and spices.

At one market, stale fish was confiscated and the stall owner was fined Rs20,000. Food points of the markets were given final warning against their flawed arrangements.

On January 21, the PFA carried out an inspection of various ‘bachat bazaars’ in different districts of the province. The PFA said checking of 548 food stalls was conducted.

At least 88 food stalls were checked in Lahore, while 431 food stalls were checked in Rawalpindi. Checking of 20 stalls in Multan and nine stalls in Muzaffargarh was conducted.

DG PFA Captain (r) Usman said rotten vegetables and fruits were seized from food stalls and warning notices were issued to those who had such items on their stalls.