ISLAMABAD - Some 540 food sellers were fined while 810 others received notices for selling substandard, unhygienic and adulterated food in the capital during the ongoing year, said CDA officials yesterday.

The directorate of health services (DHS) of Capital Development Authority (CDA) fined these food outlets. Moreover, 26 first information report (FIRs) were also lodged against the people who repeatedly violated prevailing food laws. The action aimed at ensuring quality food in the federal capital. A press release issued here on Monday said that during the ongoing campaign against adulterated and unhygienic food sellers, special teams of DHS confiscated 4,586 chipped and cracked utensils and destroyed there and then. These teams also collected 348 samples and sent them to laboratory for proper examination while 26 hotels and other food outlets were also sealed during the current year.

On the directions of Member Administration and Estate Amer Ali Ahmed, especially constituted teams of DHS are busy taking action against unhygienic and substandard selling food items in Islamabad. During the campaign, Islamabad has been divided into different zones and performance of these teams is being monitored on daily basis. Amer Ali Ahmed has directed the DHS to continue this campaign with full devotion and ensure strict action against the violators without any discrimination.