BAHAWALPUR-During an anti-adulteration campaign, district food committees conducted 11,946 raids; collected 3,104 samples; sealed 103 shops and got registered 114 FIRs against food adulterators, an official disclosed.

They also arrested 52 offenders and imposed a fine of Rs5.33m in this regard under Pure Food Ordinance in Bahawalpur Division during the current year so far, said Bahawalpur Commissioner Saqib Zafar during a video-link conference.

During the briefing, Punjab Food Authority Divisional Chairman Mia Aalam Dad was briefed that to protect the economic rights of the consumers, notified food inspectors of district and tehsil food committees in Bahawalpur; Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalnagar undertook stringent measures to check the practice of food adulteration.

He was further informed that from March 25th to May 20th, food inspectors conducted 5,657 raids on different food out-lets including 3 flour mills; 5 ghee mills; 8 chips factories; 95 ice factories; 839 hotels; 258 bakers and 3693 other shops. Besides, 469 milk samples and 304 samples of cold drinks were also collected. Samples of various food items collected from different food out-lets. It was Revealed that 1,526 food samples were collected from different factories and shops including 22 ghee mills; 93 ice factories; 96 factories; 51 hotels; 59 bakers and 6 cold drink suppliers.

A total of Rs1.25 million was imposed on different shops, hotels and factories. A fine of Rs80 thousand was imposed on flour mills; Rs3 thousand on chips factories; Rs. 28900 on ice factories; Rs. 2 lakh and 53 thousand on milk factories; Rs2 lakh and 40 thousand on hotels; Rs2 Lakh on bakers; Rs50 thousand on cold drink manufacturers and Rs4 Lakh on different shopkeepers.

A total number of 93 shops and factories were also sealed including 13 cold drink factories; 8 bakers; 7 hotels; 4 milk factories; 3 ice factories; 1 chips factory and 7 other shops. Addressing the meeting Aalam Dad called upon officers to gear up their efforts to further Improve their performance to save the consumers from adulteration.

ANTI-POLIO DRIVE STARTS TODAY: Executive District Officer Health Shahid Khaleeq formally inaugurated the polio immunization campaign in Bahawalpur District by vaccinating a child. A ceremony was held in Government Tibya College Bahawalpur. The EDO said that three-day campaign will start from 23rd of May.

During this, health department teams will go door to door for vaccinating the children under the age of 5. He added that to make this campaign successful all the arrangements have been completed and all concerned staff has been provided with proper training.

He said that 1,344 teams have been set up including 1062 mobile teams, 150 fixed teams on basic health units, tehsil headquarters hospitals, Bahawal Victoria Hospital and other health centres while 18 teams will be deployed in markets.

He said that for the vaccination of children living in Cholistan and riverbed areas, teams have already been dispatched. He further said that if in case of any reason a child is left unvaccinated during the campaign then children can be vaccinated from health centres or hospitals on the extra 2 days of the campaign on 26th and 27th.