LAHORE - The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has stopped five famous cafes from operating and also imposed fines on four restaurants in posh areas for failing to meet the food safety standards and quality parameters.

Under the ongoing anti-adulteration campaign, raids were conducted under the supervision of PFA Director General Shoaib Khan Jadoon at Mall 1, Main Boulevard Gulberg and MM Alam Road.

The DG said the PFA imposed emergency prohibition orders (EPOs) on Second Cup, Mocca Coffee, Ganache Café, Shagaf and Sashas to stop their production till further order. He said the PFA took action against these big cafés for using fungus-infested bread, bun, substandard cheese and inferior quality ingredients.

Apart from that, food points failed to take satisfactory preventative measures to control pests, however, an abundance of cockroaches was witnessed in the kitchen during the raids, he added.

Four restaurants fined; five cafes barred from operating

Similarly, Café Aylanto, Mandarin Kitchen, Café Zouk and Salt n Pepper were penalized with hefty fines over unsatisfactory arrangements regarding food safety and hygiene. Jadoon said that the purpose of a special anti-adulteration campaign was to ensure quality, safety and standard in food during Ramadan. He said the PFA had been ensuring the implementation of a uniform policy for food industry from day first without any discrimination, whatever it was small or big.

He further said the PFA would continue to take action against those food businesses which provided substandard food quality or did not follow the Punjab Pure Food Regulations.