ICT administration to launch campaign against unhygienic food merchants

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has decided to launch a campaign to check the standard and quality of edible items at hotels, bakeries, shops, and food outlets.The raids would be conducted by the teams of the Health and Food Departments of the Islamabad Capital Territory administration in both urban and the rural areas to curb the selling of unhygienic food items during the holy month of Ramazan. Moreover, the staff of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), under the supervision of Health Services director would also conduct raids, said an official of the Islamabad Capital Territory administration while talking to the media personnel on Monday. Those found involved in selling of substandard food items, besides having unhygienic conditions at their outlets, would be imposed fines by the food inspectors and courts, he added. He said that the health department would seal those food outlets that do not maintain hygienic conditions. During the campaign, public complaints against the violators of food laws would also be taken into consideration, he added.Meanwhile, the District Health officers have been notified as ex-officio food inspectors under the West Pakistan Pure Food Ordinance, 1960 and Pure Food Rules, 1965 to ensure quality and hygienic eatable food items in the capital. Section 269 and 273 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) are also enforced to keep check on hotels, bakeries, sweet shop, and butcher shops etc. 

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