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Adulterators to be jailed, shops sealed.

PESHAWAR -- The provincial government has directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Safety and Halal Food Authority to take strict action against the people found involved in sale of adulterated food items by sending them to prison and sealing their workplaces for the whole month of Ramazan.

This was stated by the authority's director general Riaz Khan Mahsud while conveying directives of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan to his subordinates during a meeting here on Sunday.

According to a statement, Mr Mahsud said that teams of relevant officials were assigned duties across the province to remain on duty round the clock. 'These teams will work in shifts and will be accompanied by mobile milk testing labs of the livestock department to ensure supply of quality dairy items to consumers,' he said.

Food authority DG vows no compromise on public health

He directed the team leaders to implement the relevant laws without any leniency, adding that those found guilty of selling adulterated food items would have to spend the entire month in jail and his workplace/shop would remain sealed. He asked the director operations to ensure checking of milk at every entry point of the province. Earlier, director operations Khalid Khan Khattak briefed the DG about the Ramazan strategy.

Mr Mahsud said that the food authority had already established emergency response units in all the seven divisional headquarters where emergency and concerned officer's contact numbers were also provided to general public for redressal of complaints.

He said that the food authority would not compromise on the public health and would take strict action against the violators. 'We have a close liaison with all district administrations and other supporting departments. Our teams will provide technical support whoever needs our services,' he added.

Besides, director technical Dr Abdul Sattar said that people should avoid taking soft and energy drinks at Iftar. He suggested that use of fruits, vegetables and homemade drinks could be healthier at Iftar. The meeting asked the consumers to contact the relevant officials of emergency response unit in case of any complaint.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:May 6, 2019
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