Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal has directed the provincial food department to launch a special anti-adulteration campaign across the province to ensure quality, purity and standard in food.
The directive was issued by him while presiding over a high-level meeting at the Civil Secretariat here on Saturday. The meeting reviewed the prices of essential commodities, availability of urea fertilizer, measures against smuggling and illegal weigh stations involved in purchase of sugarcane.
Kamran Ali Afzal directed that strict action be taken against those who adulterate food items, especially milk. He said that the Secretary Food Department would personally supervise the special drive, adding that under the new initiatives, the government would establish points for checking milk at the entry of cities, besides providing the facility of free testing of milk to the public at the divisional headquarters.
He said that mobile food laboratories and bike squads would also be set up to check the food industry.
The Chief Secretary directed all the deputy commissioners to closely monitor the prices and availability of essential commodities. He said that the sale of sugar above the retail price of Rs 90 per kg is not allowed at all and those who are fleecing consumers by creating the artificial price-hike would be dealt with severely.