Illegal factories in Punjab to be shut down soon

SALIM AHMED

LAHORE

Provincial Minister for Food Bilal Yasin has said that all the food manufacturing factories working in Punjab will be ensured for their registration with Food Department.
He said that illegal factories and those who are working on the license of shops will be closed soon. Bilal Yasin Wednesday conducted a raid on food manufacturing factory situated at Kala Khatai Road near Shahdara, which is manufacturing substandard and unhygienic ice cream, desi ghee and butter.
The Minister not only sealed two factories but also ordered to take into possession 25 thousand kilogram substandard food items amounting Rs. 2.5 crore. He said that these factories are illegally working without any registration of Food Department. The Minister stated that in these factories there was major violation of food safety standards.
The Minister reprimanded the factory management and owners on the unhygienic conditions, presence of flies, improper cleanliness situation, usage of chemical and unhygienic food colors.
He said that all the staff working in these factories are without any food standard training and in poor health condition. The Minister ordered the Food Inspector to take all the manufactured and raw material into possession and sealed the factory. He said that those who are playing with the lives and health of the public will be dealt with iron hand.
He said that food manufacturing factories should implement food safety standards in letter and spirit and those who are violating the laws will be brought under the law. Bilal Yasin called concerned SHO and ordered to register a FIR against factory owner and order to arrest 16 people. While talking to media, he said that unhygienic ice cream and desi ghee was prepared in these factories, which was being supply to whole city.

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