Rawalpindi: 8,500 outlets raided, 73 held
Rawalpindi: The district health department is satisfied with the performance of special teams running anti-adulteration campaign to check sale of unhygienic and adulterated foodstuff in the district. The campaign was intensified during June, however, in July, the district administration formed anti-adulteration committees in collaboration with health department.
The district coordination officer Rawalpindi formed the committees with the objective of making markets clear from adulterated and unhygienic foodstuff particularly before Ramazan though the campaign is still intact, said District Health Officer Dr Khalid Randhawa while talking to ‘The News’ on Sunday. He said that the commitment of the DCO on the subject has put significant impact as the businessmen involved in adulteration or running business in unhygienic conditions had to face due humiliation.
“To run anti-adulteration campaign, a total of six special teams were formed that conducted 8495 raids till July 30 this year,” said Dr Randhawa adding as many as 73 businessmen were arrested while 426 cases were sent to court. He said that during anti-adulteration campaign, 59 samples of milk, 39 samples of yoghurt, eight samples of meat, 41 samples of sweets, 81 samples of bakery items, 132 samples of spices, 102 samples of beverages, 34 samples of edible oil, 25 samples of medicines and pesticides and 208 samples of miscellaneous food items were collected and sent to laboratory for examination.
Dr Randhawa said that 1,800 kilograms of spices, 13,22 bottles of beverages, 525 litres of milk, 65 kg of yoghurt, 95 kg of beef, 40 kg of mutton, 82 kg of sweets and 152 kg of bakery items were destroyed during the campaign. The teams also broke over 250 utensils unfit for serving food to customers at the foodstuff outlets and destroyed 125 kg of cooked food that was unhygienic. He added that during the campaign, fine of a total of Rs763000 has been imposed while 12 premises were sealed.
“The teams lodged 46 FIRs against businessmen found involved in adulteration or sale of foodstuff in unhygienic condition,” said Dr Randhawa. To a query, he said that the special teams formed to run anti-adulteration campaign in the district are still inspecting foodstuff outlets in the district however main focus of the campaign is now provision of hygienic foodstuff in Ramazan ‘Sasta’ bazaars. The district administration has set up a total of seven ‘sasta’ bazaars in Rawalpindi.