RAWALPINDI - Punjab Food Authority has advised the citizens not to use Pangasius frozen fish which, it said, was causing serious health problems.

According to the PFA, the traders had been directed to stop selling Pangasius frozen fish as it was not suitable for human consumption. The PFA in its ongoing crackdown against substandard and unhealthy food had warned the sellers of the frozen fish to stop selling it as the authority had sent few samples of the Pangasius frozen fish to an international laboratory for analysis. The lab report revealed that all Pangasius frozen fish samples were substandard. Therefore, the PFA advised the people not to use it.

The shopkeepers were also instructed not to sell unhealthy product but a market survey revealed that it was still available in the shops.

The announcement was made by the PFA in a public notice which also said that Pangasius fish should also not be kept in home freezer/fridge because it could poison other food items through cross-contamination.

Meanwhile, the food control department of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board collected 6,008 food samples which were sent to lab for quality test during 2017 while total over Rs4.9 million fines were also imposed on rules violators. According to RCB spokesman Qaiser Mahmood, 5,190 reports of the food samples were received while 1721 samples’ reports revealed that the food items were unhealthy as their ingredients were substandard. The cases of substandard food items were sent to the court of the cantonment magistrate which imposed fines amounting to over two million rupees in 681 cases. He said that 1,040 cases were still under process.