The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has banned the storage of milk by freezing it in ice factories. The authority has warned people involved in the dairy business and ice factories of severe consequences if they ignored the new guidelines.
The decision has been taken to counter the sale of adultered milk in the province. “There were reports that adultered milk was being sold in the province in the shape of frozen ice blocks,” said DG, PFA.
To make sure that citizens get pure milk, the Food Authority has been working to formulate a permanent pasteurization law in the province. Moreover, all immediate possible measures are also being taken to eliminate the sale of adultered milk.
Besides banning the storage of milk in ice factories, PFA has also issued a notice regarding the standard operating procedure to store milk. Now its mandatory to install chillers to freeze milk. PFA will issue a special license to install chillers after inspecting the production units.
The recent drive against adultered milk by PFA is highly commendable. Almost on a daily basis, Food authority teams inspect the milk tankers at the entry points of Lahore city. However, there is a need to take stern actions on a larger scale.
Earlier, PFA also seized the ice cream parlors in the city and disposed of the ice cream stock of Gourmet bakers as their samples contained bacterias. As a responsible citizen if you know an ice factory that is still freezing milk in ice blocks, report it to PFA by visiting their website.