Punjab Food Authority to take steps for provision of quality food itemsArchive
RAWALPINDI: Punjab Food Authority (PFA) will declare Rawalpindi as the model city for food safety and measures will be taken so people can get quality food items in the market.
Talking to Dawn, PFA Chairman Umer Tanveer Butt said the provincial food authority was taking measures for provision of quality food to people including milk, meat and other edibles in the open market.
He said that recently, PFA got permission from Prime Minister Imran Khan to improve hygiene in restaurants and food outlets in the province and a nine-point agenda had been devised.
He added that PFA would implement excess food regulations under which leftover food from restaurants and hotels would be supplied to underprivileged people and the food authority would ensure that food was not substandard.
“The basic idea is to handle food wastage and disposal of excess food through a proper mechanism,” he said.
The food authority will also set up a unit to check quality of food in restaurants located on the motorway
PFA would also establish a motorway unit to check quality of food in restaurants located on the motorway for travellers, he said, adding that food quality of outlets inside bus terminals would also be monitored.
Talking about food adulteration, he said PFA had been directed not to spare those playing with the health of people.
All markets and bazaars will be checked thoroughly without discrimination, he added.
He said regulation would be made so fruit, vegetables and other edibles could be transported without getting exposed to rain, sunlight and dust.
Regulation would also be made to dispose of wasted edible commodities so their reuse could be avoided and to determine the shelf life of every edible commodity, he added.
“A new radio channel will be launched to create awareness about food safety. The proposal has been placed in the agenda of PFA’s next board meeting,” he said.
He said to make amendments to existing food standards, a scientific panel had been constituted under section 9 of Punjab Food Authority Act, 2011.
He added the scientific panel would make recommendations to the food authority on standards, products, procedures, processes and guidelines.
Published in Dawn, March 9th, 2020