PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Authority has initiated crackdown against the factories and food outlets producing and selling sub-standard food.

On Sunday, four factories were sealed at Phandu Road and Nishtarabad over producing substandard food items. The factories which were sealed on Sunday include vinegar, jam, and sweets factories which were disregarding the basic hygiene and health rules.

Director General KP Food Authority Riaz Mehsud said the teams of the Authority are prepared for raids at any time on food outlets during the holy month of Ramazan. He said special teams have been formed to take action against substandard food sellers and factories. He said these teams remain prepared for raids round the clock.

The DG said no compromise would be made on quality of food during Ramazan. He said he will personally accompany the raiding teams where needed. He said emergency response units have been set up in all the offices of the KP Food Authority for Ramazan. He was confident that the situation will be much better during this Ramazan as compared to the previous Ramazan. He warned the food sellers of strict action if they were found involved in adulteration.

The raids by the Food Authority came a day after the government established a control room in Peshawar to ensure the provision of edibles to consumers on approved prices during Ramazan.

Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Muhammad Ali Asghar said while talking to media that the control room has been established to facilitate consumers during Ramazan and prevent the artificial increase in the prices of essential commodities.

The deputy commissioner announced that the control room will make efforts to maintain the price of commodities according to the lists approved by the government authorities. He further added that the control room would monitor the availability of edibles in Ramazan on government approved price lists besides addressing complaints of public.

The staff deputed in the control room can be contacted on phone number 03312037765.

Sasta Bazaars have also been set up in different parts of the province to ensure provision of food items to the consumers on subsidised rates during Ramazan. These bazaars will remain operational during the entire holy month.

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