LAHORE – The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) sealed a juice factory in Lahore’s Manga Mandi for preparing low-quality juice and selling it to customers, here on Friday.
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During a raid at the factory, the team also disposed of about 4,000 kilogrammes of prepared pulp, ready to be used for making juice.
Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin detailing the activity revealed that the factory workers were using chemicals to increase the quantity of the pulp.
The minister also stated that the factory had been sealed in the past as well for the same reason, but it reopened after factory owner promised to improve the quality of the juice, which he did not.
Apart from Manga Mandi’s factory, PFA team, keeping an eye on the quality of food and beverage products also seized another factory in Kasur for preparing substandard juice.
The team seized about 35,000 litres of prepared juice and 45,000 litres of pulp.
PFA director Rafia Haider stated that the factory workers were using textile colours to prepare substandard juices.
In addition, medical reports of the factory employees revealed that many of them were suffering from hepatitis, which is in flagrant contradiction with food safety regulations.