RCB hygiene check; 1037 notices issued in 2017, 65 points sealed, 6008 food samples collected

RAWALPINDI: The Food Branch of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) in its efforts to ensure supply of quality food to the residents conducted a large number of raids at markets during 2017 and issued 1037 notices to food outlets while 65 restaurants, kitchens of bakeries, hotels and other fast food points were sealed for unhygienic and poor cleanliness conditions.

According to Chief Inspector, Incharge Food Branch, RCB, Waris Bhatti total 6008 food samples were collected during last year which were sent to lab for quality test while over Rs4. 9 million fines were also imposed on rules violators.

5190 reports of the food samples were received while according to 1721 samples’ reports, the food items were unhealthy as ingredients were substandard. The cases of substandard food items were sent to the court of the cantonment magistrate which imposed fines amounting to over two million rupees in 681 cases. He informed that 1040 cases are still under process.

Food Inspectors on the directive of the Cantonment Executive Officer Dr. Saima Shah conducted surprise visits of different markets and inspected cleanliness condition with quality of food items whereas on various violations over Rs 2. 4 million fines were imposed.

Waris Bhatti informed that the teams regularly conduct raids at different food outlets in all Cantonment areas including Saddar, Tench Bhatta, Peoples Colony, Masrial Road, Bakra Mandi Road, Chor, Quaid-e-Azam Colony, Dhoke Chaudhrian, Afshan Colony and other areas and collect food samples which are sent to the lab for quality tests.

The kitchens of bakeries, restaurants, hotels and other points on severe violations are sealed during operations against the violators.

He said, raids on food outlets would continue, adding that teams were directed to also check the health of workers serving at the food outlets.