The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has banned the sale of unpacked spices across Punjab. PFA has been continuing on with its crackdown operation against the adultered and contaminated food commodities.
The objective behind the move is to control the nuisance of adulteration of food items. The ban has been put into effect from today that is Tuesday throughout the province.
Captain (Red) Muhammad Usman—the Director-General of PFA has said that the authority has imposed the ban on the sale of unpacked spices under a law which has been into effect now.
The law was introduced initially in the month of June 2017 however a period of 18 months was granted by the authority for businesses to make their adjustments, he informed.
Traders were given practical training before the law was imposed.
According to the new law, it would be a must for the industry and traders to print the name and address of the spice manufacturer or supplier, the weight, the name of ingredients and the expiry and manufacturing dates.
Muhammad Usman also explained th reason behind the ban imposition, he added that adulteration is a very common thing in open spices and other food commodities.
The adultered spices are the leading cause of diseases which require the measures for controlling the hazard. The newly introduced law is among the measures that the authority is taking for dealing with the issue.
The law would be enforced effectively by the enforcement teams. The DG also informed that the offenders would be punished, and the products would be confiscated.