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Violation of hygiene laws by food outlets : CDA wants by-laws reviewed to ensure tougher punishment

Violation of hygiene laws by food outlets :  CDA wants by-laws reviewed to ensure tougher punishment
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ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has proposed to review by-laws of 1960 and to increase the amount of fine on sellers of unhygienic edible items in the federal capital. 
Talking to APP, CDA Health Services Director Hasan Orooj said that the authority had proposed amendments in its by-laws for enhancing fine on violators and submitted a summary to the Cabinet Division for approval. 
He said that increase in fine on sellers of unhygienic food should be enhanced to Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 to ensure provision of quality food.
According to CDA by-laws of 1960, the fine for selling unhygienic food items is Rs 200-Rs 2,000, which needed to be enhanced on an immediate basis to control the sale of substandard food items, the director said.
Giving details, he said that two separate teams had been formed to keep a check on the sale of perishable and non-perishable food items at hotels, restaurants and shops located in the federal capital. 
The CDA Directorate of Health Services has reportedly raided 2,500 shops to take samples, while 1,300 were issued notices, of which 500 were issued challans during the last six months. 
“For improving the inspection procedure as compared to last year, the directorate is keeping a vigil on all food outlets, wholesale stores and cafeterias located especially in Sectors G6, G7, I10, G9, F7, F11 and F10,” he said. 
For provision of quality food and edible items, the director said that strict monitoring was being carried out at hotels, shops, bakeries, meat shops, wholesale stores and cafeterias of schools, colleges and universities in the capital. 
The inspection teams also disposed of substandard food items, including pakoras and samosas, substandard mineral water bottles, 40 kilogrammes of cooked food, substandard oil bottles and ketchup bottles.
Dr Hassan further told that 90 premises of hotels and bakeries were sealed partially for violation of food laws and 75 filthy utensils confiscated. 
He said that 35 FIRs were also lodged against the violators. For provision of quality food and edible items, the director said that strict monitoring was being carried out at hotels, shops, bakeries, meat shops, wholesale stores and cafeterias of schools, colleges and universities in the capital. 

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