Rawalpindi- The food branch of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) issued 737 notices to food outlets during last five months of 2018, while 27 restaurants, hotels and other fast food points were sealed for unhygienic and poor cleanliness conditions.

According to RCB spokesman, Qaiser Mahmood, a total of 1440 food samples were collected during the period and were sent to the lab for quality test while fines amounting to over Rs 1434,500 including Rs 500,000 composition fee were collected under the food laws. The cases of substandard food items were also sent to the court of the cantonment magistrate which imposed fines on the violators. 

Food Inspectors on the directive of the Cantonment Executive Officer, Sabtain Raza conducted surprise visits of different markets including Saddar, Peshawar Road, Qasim Market, Chor, Allahabad, Masrial, Tench Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Chungi Number 22, Bakra Mandi and other areas and inspected the hygiene of the kitchens and quality of food items at various food outlets. 

He said the teams also imposed fines on stall holders and vendors due to unhygienic conditions.

The raids would continue, he said adding that the teams were directed to also check the health of the workers serving at the food outlets. To a question he said, the Food Branch of RCB imposed Rs 191,000 on food outlets during May.  167 notices were also issued to the rules violators and 10 food points were sealed. He said the teams collected 150 food samples. Rs 100,000 fines imposed under the cases of substandard food items which were earlier sent to the court of the cantonment judicial magistrate. He said special raiding teams have been formed for Ramazan that are conducting raids during 1pm to 10pm at hotels, bakeries and stalls.