Food Authority conducts operation against adulteration mafia

PESHAWAR   -   The officials of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Authority teams conducted raids in Swabi, Nowshera, Malakand and Mardan, spokesperson Food Authority told media persons here on Sunday. The inspection team seized 800 liters of fake drinks from a vehicle at the blockade on Swabi’s Jehangira Road, the spokesman said. On receiving secret information, 1200 liters of fake drinks were recovered from a vehicle in Nowshera and taken into official custody, spokesperson said.

Heavy fines were imposed on owners of fake drinks, further action under the Food Safety Act initiated, the spokesman said.

He said that on inspection of food items businesses in Sakhakot Bazaar of Malakand division, 200 liters of milk was destroyed as it was found to be substandard. Mardan Food Safety Team checked in Takhtbhai Bazaar, inspected samples of different food items from a mobile food testing lab, the spokesperson informed.

Bad Oil was destroyed on the spot, 80 kg of prohibited and expired items were seized, fines were also imposed, spokesperson said. Operations are underway to root out the adulteration mafia from across the province, the spokesman said.

He said, “On the special instruction of Director General Food Authority Wasif Saeed, actions will continue until adulteration in edible items is stopped and no concession will be made to anyone.”

KP Food Dept to purchase wheat

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Department is in the process of purchasing wheat, the Food Department announced here on Sunday.

The Food Department also announced plans to establish a separate window for the convenience of local farmers. Separate vending machines will be set up in Mardan Dera Ismail Khan, Mardan, Malakand, Swabi and Nowshera.

FIR will be registered against those trying to fraudulently sell Punjab wheat instead of local wheat.

Now only 100 metric tons of wheat will be purchased from a farmer instead of 500 metric tons.

The Food Department decided to declare a certificate as mandatory if rejection of the wheat of farmers.

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