islamabad - The city administration yesterday sealed two coffee shops in the Diplomatic Enclave here over poor hygienic conditions.

The team of the district administration led by Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Sattar Esani visited Street-1 Café and Gloria Jeans. It was found during the inspection of kitchen of Street-1 Café that they were selling expired food. The hygiene conditions were also not up to the mark over which the ADC sealed the café. Gloria Jeans was also sealed over the same charges. The team also sealed a restaurant in the Diplomatic Enclave after it found imported liquor from its bar room and expired cigarette packets. When contacted, Wakeel Khan, a manager at the Gloria Jeans at the Kohsar Market said that he had no idea about the action against the branch at the diplomatic enclave.

According to the city administration, the campaign against adulteration and sub-standard/ un-hygienic  food outlets  has been accelerated on the directives of the Interior Minister. They said Street One Cafe, Gloria Jeans and Cordon Rouge Restaurant in Diplomatic Enclave were sealed due to extremely unhygienic, unhealthy and storage of putrefied food items and expired bakery products to include cookies, cream and sausages.

Various other products were displayed with expired dates. The sheffs and cooks were preparing food with long dirty nails, without any head nets, saftey gloves or saftey shoes. Vaccination or medical fitness not done for few food handlers.

Open sale of liquor at  Cordon Rouge Restaurant, expired imported coffee at gloria jeans and expired Chicken/ meat products stored in freezers of street One cafe was observed during the inspection which is grave violation of health safety, hygiene laws and extremely detrimental for human consumption. Rusted utensils with heavy carbon accumulated and inadequate drainage arrangements was causing stagnant water accumulation on the floors. Samples of all expired food products have been obtained for chemical examination by NIH labs and expert opinion of Health and Food Nutritionist. 14 other outlets in the city were also checked and imposed fine.

Deputy Commissioner Capt (Retd) Mushtaq Ahmed has said that the campaign against adulteration and sale of substandard/un-hygienic food will continue without any discrimination and strict action would be taken against all those elements who put health of the citizens at risk. He said that Islamabad administration seeks active cooperation not only from the residents of the capital but also from the business community in its efforts to ensure availabilty of safe and  hygeinic food and outlets.

Meanwhile, Islamabad police have arrested seven outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered wine, car, fake number plates and weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said yesterday. According to details, Kohsar police arrested bootlegger Kamran Anwer and recovered 15 liters of wine from him.

Industrial-Area police arrested Yaseen for having 30-bore pistol while Noon police apprehended a person Akber Shah involved in decanting gas in cylinders. Khanna police arrested bootleggers Younas and recovered 24 liters of wine from him. Anti-car Lifting Cell of Islamabad police recovered a car bearing fake registration number.

The car occupant Shoaib was also arrested while other fake computerized number plates were also recovered from it. Cases have been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway.

Furthermore, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad on Thursday conducted surprise visit of important places in the capital to review security arrangements. Islamabad police chief visited Sports Complex, Diplomatic Enclave, Quaid-e-Azam University, Red Zone and Bhara Kau for reviewing security measures there. He termed the security arrangements satisfactory and briefed the police officials and employees as how effective measures can be ensured. He also directed for high vigilance against suspects and effective checking also at entry and exit points of the city.