The Food Control Department of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) has imposed fines amounting to Rs300,000 on food outlets for unhygienic food and poor cleanliness conditions, while the anti-encroachment teams also confiscated 24 truckload goods of encroachers during last 10 days.
According to RCB spokesman Qaiser Mahmood, RCB teams on the directive of the Cantonment Executive Officer Dr Saima Shah conducted surprise raids at different food outlets in Mughalabad, Kiani Road, Tench Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Dhoke Chaudharian, Bakra Mandi Road, Saddar, Chor, Masrial Road and other areas and collected 127 food samples, which were sent to lab for quality tests.
Fines of Rs300,000 imposed on food outlets including restaurants, hotels, bakaries, refreshment centres, milk, meat, sweet shops and others by Judicial Magistrate Cantonment under 23PF Act and Deputy Cantonment Executive Officer on various violations.
The RCB team also visited several food outlets and issued 81 notices on poor cleanliness, besides ordering them to maintain standard else strict action would be taken against the rule violators.
The spokesman said, raids on food outlets would continue, adding that teams were directed to also check the health of workers serving at the food outlets.
Meanwhile, the RCB anti-encroachment team confiscated 24 truckload goods from different markets in its operation against encroachments.
Anti-encroachment team confiscated handcarts, tables, counters and other goods from Saddar, Tench Bhatta, Masrial Road, Peoples Colony, Gawalmandi, Chor, Chungi Number 22 and other areas. The operation is being conducted on daily basis while permanent and temporary encroachments are being removed, he added. He said, illegal banners and posters were also removed from different areas.—APP