PFA, PAMCO to form joint vigilance team to unearth illegal abattoirs

Deadline set for implementation of PFA Baby Food Regulation

Saleem Ahmed

The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) and Punjab Agriculture & Meat Company (PAMCO) agreed to make a joint enforcement team to control the sale and purchase of sick, emaciated and unhygienic chicken meat, beef and mutton along with the elimination of illegal slaughterhouses in Punjab.
The team will take help of district administration, livestock and other concerned departments to make more efficient the drive against butchers which to be started as soon after establishing joint steam.
This was decided in a meeting with the officials of PEMCO, held at PAMCO center.
On the occasion, DG Captain (r) Muhammad Usman has visited PAMCO Centre and witnessed the slaughtering process.
He also reviewed the cleanliness arrangement, medical facility for animals and other facilities at centre. Incharge PAMCO Dr Tajamal briefed DG Muhammad Usman about the progress of its PAMCO.
PFA Director General Captain (r) Muhammad Usman directed ADG Operations Rafia Haider to prepare a comprehensive policy on it and ink MoU with all departments that to be part of the team. He said that to ensure the provision of health meat it’s a responsibility of the authority for which PFA is taking all necessary steps.
He further said that a joint enforcement team will take strict action against illegal slaughterhouses after unearthing them which are running unlawful in the streets. He said that citizens should purchase meat from reliable shops because of the meat of emaciated and sick animal causes of health diseases. He has appealed citizens to inform PFA on its helpline and complaint cell about illegal abattoirs.
Meanwhile, The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has informed the infant formula manufactures to correct the labelling and to stop writing word “Milk” on infant formula products. Deadline of 25th December has been set to comply with new regulations that will be followed by strict action.
These directions were issued by PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman during a meeting held with the office-bearers of Baby Food Manufacture Association, at his office, on Tuesday. A detailed discussion was held to ensure the implementation of the Baby Foods Regulations 2018 in Punjab.
DG Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that it a prime responsibility of PFA to ensure the execution of food safety laws which have been passed from Punjab government. He said that PFA would not spare anyone found guilty of violating PFA rules.
He said that it is a pleasure for PFA the other provinces are adopting the PFA’s rules in order to implement in their respective provinces which would be helpful for the industry.

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