A special team of the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed Ajwa Foods ketchup production unit on Wednesday in the area of Samnabad over the contamination in the making of ketchup, absence of laboratory tests, failure to present the authority with the food license and other issues.
The team has collected twenty-five thousand kilograms of contaminated ketchup and later they were discarded.
The PFA during the inspection visit to different food sites closed twenty-three food businesses including the food production units, chicken sale points, factories, hotels, warehouse, milk shops and catering units over the issue of having unhygienic conditions and having contaminated food items.
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The special team of PFA also charged fines of rupees four lacs twenty-six thousand (426,000) on fifty food points.
Out of the 23 sealed food sites, eight were in the south zone, five in Rawalpindi, six in the Lahore division and four in the division of Sargodha.
Alongside, the food safety teams also imposed a fine on twelve Food Business Operators (FBOs) of rupees one lac sixty-three thousand (163,000) in Lahore.
The PFA also penalized a fine of rupees one lac twenty-eight thousand (128,000) on 16 food sites in South Punjab, a fine of rupees sixty-five thousand (65,000) on eleven eateries in Rawalpindi, rupees seventy thousand (70,000) fine on eleven food points in Sargodha and other food businesses were given punishment in the other areas of Punjab.
The team also shut down two food sites which include the famous restaurant Paratha Rolls in the Liberty Market area for the use of poor quality items in the making of food.
PFA has also closed one factory as they were found using talcum powder in the making of biscuits, banned monosodium glutamate in the production of nimco and paper, situated at the Sheikhupura Road.