LAHORE - The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) Monday sealed six illegal plants of bottled water.

According to PSQCA officials, on the directives of Federal Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain, Director General Khalid Siddiq ordered the task force to take action against illegal water brands.

The special task force led by Deputy Director Asghar Ali and Rizwan Ali raided different areas of the city including Township, Kacha Jail Road, Qenchi, Iqbal Town and Kot Lakhpat and sealed the plants working without PSQCA licence.

The task force sealed Premium Care, Atlantis, Aquafer, Crystal Care, Kashmir and Lahore Water brands on the spot and discarded huge quantity of prepared water.

The director general ordered the task force to continue the action, saying stern action would be taken against the companies involved in preparing substandard and illegal food items. He said special teams have been formed to check illegal water brands which would visit different markets and collect samples from open market.

He said that on directions of Federal Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain, no illegal brand would be permitted to continue business.