The sale of expired items is a big issue in Pakistan, one that is affecting the lives of the population. More than 100,000 children have lost their lives through diarrhoea-related diseases which were caused by consuming expired items. With no concern for the health of the customer, shopkeepers are casually selling expired items.

In June, the food authority in Lahore carried out 12,150 inspections in which 1,000 eateries were sealed and 375 people arrested for gross negligence.

The government is not paying enough attention to this issue. I’m afraid that the sale of expired items is being taken lightly by the authorities, and is proving to be terribly hazardous for the people. Those involved in this practice should be heavily punished.

MEHRAJ ALTAF,

Turbat, September 24.