LAHORE – The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed a fake betel (chhalia and supari) manufacturing unit from a popular brand called ‘Bombay Sweet Supari’ by eradicating a factory located on Multan Road, Lahore.
Acting on information, the PFA team under the supervision of its General Director Irfan Memon raided a factory and captured a large consignment of betel nuts including 1,000 kg colored supari, 900 kg raw betel nuts, 192 packages of Bombay Supari fake and 25 kg artificial sweeteners.
The team also confiscated packing material, a hot plate, a weighing machine, two mixers and two packing machines. He said that fake supari is being produced using artificial sweeteners and chemicals. Meanwhile, the raid team also witnessed poor hygiene arrangements and incomplete labels on ready-to-eat products.
He said that the PFA had also taken action against factories to do business without getting a food license, failed to produce raw material records and because of counterfeiting.
DG said that the use of supari causes oral cancer for its users as well as tooth decay. According to the PFA Law, it is a heinous crime to prepare fake food. He added that the PFA will eradicate the production units of every food business operator, which will not comply with provincial food laws.
Meanwhile, the PFA has sealed two food points and uprooted unhealthy vegetable crops by plowing 105-canal soil during routine inspection operations in various districts in Punjab.
According to the details, the Faisalabad PFA team closed the Abdullah Ice Factory for violating the Emergency Prohibition Order (EPO), the presence of insects in the production area, did not have a medical certificate and filtration plant.
A PFA team raided the Wood Market Seasoning Milling Unit in Gujranwala and sealed it for forgery. In South Punjab, the PFA has discharged thousands of kilograms of poisonous vegetables including onions, tomatoes, coriander, spinach, green chilies and cauliflower.
DG said that the PFA had warned farmers but they did not take instructions seriously from the authorities. The team has discarded unhealthy vegetables that were cultivated in the 48-canal field in Lodhran, 40-canals in Bahawalnagar, 16-canals in Bahawalpur, and one field in Rahim Yar Khan.
He said that the use of wastewater to irrigate plants causes health ailments after adding toxic substances in ready-made plants.
He said farmers can plant the only alternative crops and cannot be eaten with sewage and industrial wastewater such as bamboo, burlap, indoor plants and flowers.
Furthermore Irfan Memon said that vegetables were irrigated through tubular water compared to last year’s practice from farmers. He has warned farmers to avoid watering plants with sewerage water, otherwise the PFA will plow the plants according to the law.
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