SHEIKHUPURA,June 18 (TNS) Punjab Food Authority (PFA) officials seized 500,000 packets of foul juice from a factory on Sheikhupura Road early Sunday morning.
Following the action, the factory was sealed, informed PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal.
He also explained that the raid was conducted upon information provided by the vigilance cell of the authority. It came to PFA’s notice that the factory workers were using rotten pulp and chemicals to prepare juices.
Moreover, eight tonnes rotten and substandard pulp was also seized from the factory.
The factory which prepares juices of various fruits for a well-known brand does not even use pulp in many of its juices, according to Mengal.
All the bottles of juice were tested in a laboratory for quality, but they failed to pass.
The pulp tank stored inside the factory’s store contained flies and bugs as well, according to the PFA.
On Saturday, the PFA had seized 400,000 spurious soft-drink bottles from a factory in Lahore’s Shahdara area.
During the raid, the factory owner first threatened the PFA team and then opened fire on them. He managed to escape under the cover of the fire, according Mengal.
The factory, which is located on Bara Deri Road, has sold about 3.37 million fake soft-drink bottles of a well-known brand, according to Mengal. The team also confiscated the factory records. A case has also been registered against the suspects.