Rawalpindi - The sale of substandard and highly adulterated milk and yogurt is going unchecked in the markets of city, it was learnt on Tuesday.

The consumers have lodged complaints that the Punjab Food Authority and other departments are not launching crackdown on those involved in playing havoc with lives of people.

Similarly, a large number of consumers have reportedly been falling victims to digestive disorder and kidney deceases allegedly due to overt sale of unhygienic and chemical-mixed milk and yogurt. The unhygienic milk is being transported in the city via motorway from Sargodha and other cities of South Punjab.

Sources revealed that some corrupt officials of PFA are hand in glove with dealers of the unhygienic milk and yogurt and taking no action against them despite public complaints, something seeking strong attention of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif.

According to a survey, conducted by The Nation, the sale of highly adulterated and unhygienic milk and yogurt is going unchecked in the limits of Rawal and Potohar Towns as well as in the Cannt and garrison.

The areas where the adulterated milk and yogurt is being sold by shopkeepers included Adiala Road, Mubarak Lane, Ali Town, Chungi Number 20, Munawar Colony, Kehkashan, Caltex Road, Defence Road, Dhoke Juma, Lalkurti, Dheri Hassanabad, Tahli Mohri, Bakra Mandi, Dhamial Road, Chakri Road, Dhoke Syedan, Baraf Khana Chowk, Chungi Number 22, Peshawar Road, Misrial, Pirwadhai, Fauji Colony, Badar Colony, Fauji Colony, Double Road, Commercial Market, Shakrial, Sadiqabad, Kuri Road, Muslim Town, Chah Sultan, Morgah and many other areas.

Talking to The Nation, Sajjad Hussain, a government servant, said that majority of shopkeepers are involved in selling extremely unhygienic milk and yogurt causing deadly diseases to consumers.  He said similarly the milk is being supplied to restaurants, bakers, fast food outlets and vendors. He said the PFA and other government authorities are paying no heed to the exercise.

“My wife got sick after drinking milk I purchased from Muhammadi Mlik Shop located at Mubarak Lane,” said Masood Ahmed, a labourer. He said the shopkeeper boiled the milk in dirty pots and served to consumers. He demanded CM Punjab to take action against the PFA and other authorities for playing havoc with lives of poor people by selling this milk.

Many other consumers said it was important that the authorities should plan a crackdown on local shopkeepers and dealers selling unhygienic milk and yogurt.

On the other hand, PFA reportedly had caught a tanker carrying 1000 unhygienic milk to a famous milk-yogurt chain “Sardar Milk Shop” near Chakri Interchange last week. The officials had discarded the adulterated milk but not registered case against the dealer. Interestingly, the PFA officials have kept secret this raid from media.

Qaiser, a spokesman to PFA, had not shared the information with The Nation despite several reminders. He, however, admitted that PFA had seized unhygienic milk near Chakri.

DG PFA Noor Ul Amin Mengal did not respond to phone calls and messages on his personnel cell number asking as to why the PFA is not launching crackdown on sellers of unhygienic milk and yogurt in the city.