LAHORE - Meat Safety Teams and Vigilance Cell of the Punjab Food Authority carried out an operation against illegal slaughterhouses and sealed three premises in the provincial metropolis on Sunday.

During the operation, enforcement teams seized 3,600 kilograms of substandard and poor quality meat and later discarded.

PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that illegal slaughterhouses were shut in the area of Bakar Mandi, Allama Iqbal Town and at Chundri Road. He said that emaciated and sick animals were being slaughtered to supply meat to local butcher shops in the suburban areas of the city. PFA also discovered poor hygiene issues, unavailability of record, no proper system for blood drainage and no medical certificates of workers. The official said that PFA registered cases against the four accused in the different police stations of the city which involved in the illegally slaughtering. Moreover, the DG said that PFA in collaboration with concerned departments will bring a policy to ensure provision of quality and healthy meat to Punjab. He added that PFA is also considering establishing a meat vigilance cell by taking on board all other departments’ representatives for elimination of illegal slaughterhouses from Punjab. Captain (r) Muhammad Usman will meet officials of PEMCO for policymaking on it on Monday (today).

HELPLINE FOR FREE FOOD CONSULTANCY

The Punjab Food Authority has decided to introduce a helpline for citizens where they could get free consultation. This was decided at a meeting headed by Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman at his officer on Sunday.

On the occasion, Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that qualified nutrition experts would be present on the helpline to give their expert advice to callers and answer queries of citizens. He said that consumers will be referred to nutrition clinic for further consultation regarding food-related diseases.

Usman also directed the authority to launch a monthly magazine and to add topics, which directly relate to public awareness issues. He said that sagacious people and society can play a vital role in success of Punjab Food Authority’s mission. The DG directed the Public Awareness Wing to prepare a strategy on it within a week.