rawalpindi - Provincial Minister for Food, Bilal Yasin, has said that special teams have been formed for conducting raids on eateries involved in selling unhygienic food.

He said strict action would be taken against those involved in preparing and selling unhygienic food and edibles in the city.

The minister expressed these views while talking to media men after inaugurating Punjab Food Authority office at Chandni Chowk here on yesterday.

He was flanked by Director General PFA Rawalpindi Noor ul Amin Mengal, Director (Operations) Rafia Haider, Yasir Butt and Maqbool Khan, the local N-league leaders. 

According to details, Punjab Food Minister, Bilal Yasin said the PFA office was made to launch its operation in Rawalpindi district with an aim to ensure availability of safe and pure food for human consumption.

He said the authority was established under the Punjab Food Authority Act 2011 to ensure availability of safe and healthy food for human consumption.

He said the authority had covered the entire Lahore division besides its wings in Faisalabad and Gujranwala.

“Today its operation has been launched in Rawalpindi district,” he said.

A separate office would be set up soon for Murree. The authority is also going to set up a wing in Multan, he said.

He informed that PFA’s raiding teams are facilitated with mobile lab to check the quality of food items.

The minister said in accordance with the vision and directives of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab, Mian Shehbaz Sharif, all districts of the province would have its offices by the end of next year.

“Punjab government is making all out efforts for provision of quality food items to the citizens,” he said.

Earlier, DG PFA Noor ul Amin Mengal said, the citizens can play their role and use toll free number 0800-02345 or social media page to present their proposals and complaints regarding adulteration of food items, complaints against low quality food manufacturers and unhygienic environment of kitchens of bakeries, sweet shops, hotels, restaurants and fast food outlets.

He informed that the authority is successfully running its operations in Lahore, Faisalabad and Gujranwala. Efforts are also being made to raise public awareness about quality of food, he added.

Responding to a question, he said, heavy fines are being imposed on poor, unhygienic food and dirty condition in restaurants, hotels and food items processing units, kitchens and outlets and on severe violation of the rules they are being sealed.

“We are promoting hygienic eating habits in the province and the restaurants and hotels have been warned to improve the condition of their kitchens and food serving places,” he added.