Islamabad -

Six more restaurants and food outlets were sealed and cases were against the owners for providing substandard, adulterated and unhygienic food to the customers, officials said yesterday.

The health services directorate of Capital Development Authority (CDA) conducted the raids. The CDA officials said the owners were booked for poor sanitary conditions within the premises. The health services directorate sealed Lahore Restaurant, Chaat Palace and Lahori Samosa Pakora at Peshawar Morr, Sector G-9, while Irum Restaurant, Bari Bari Restaurant and Ravi Restaurant located at Aabpara Market were also sealed for using non-branded and substandard food items. Moreover, sanitary conditions of these premises were not up to the required standards and unhealthy status of the staff was also reported there.

It is pertinent to mention here that CDA had earlier arranged a training workshop which was participated by more than 500 owners, mangers, chefs and other staff of different hotels, restaurants, bakeries and food outlets in the city. The CDA has constituted special teams, which have been directed to ensure strict action against the food vendors engaged in food adulteration and poor food practices.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration has constituted seven teams to carryout surprise checking at food outlets in the city.

Chief Commissioner Islamabad briefed a high-level meeting yesterday that seven teams have been constituted for the purpose while 60 premises were sealed during the ongoing campaign against impure food. However, 22 outlets have been de-sealed. Furthermore, a fine of Rs 2.3 million has been imposed on the violators, he added.

Minister for Interior Ch Nisar Ali Khan asked the administration that the exercise should continue and should be part and parcel of daily working of the administration. He ordered the ICT administration to avoid arrests and create maximum deterrence so that cleanliness of food industry could be ensured. He said that stakeholders should be taken on board. He orders ICT administration to arrange a seminar to train food industry.

The chief commissioner told the meeting that 50 outlets were sealed during ongoing operation against spurious drugs and added 40 arrests were also made. He said many quacks and pharmaceuticals were working without licence particularly in the rural areas of ICT. On the issue of cattle market, he told the meeting that CDA gave contract of cattle market to a private contractor in I-12 but the CDA enforcement wing did not manage it; rather it allowed people to gather in I-11. He said in the presence of 15,000 animals there, operation to evict them from the area could not be initiated. The administration was of the view that let the cattle market be there as only two days are left in Eid to which interior minister agreed.

Meanwhile, spokesperson of the CDA has said that the weekly Friday and Sunday bazaars to be held on September 25, 2015 and September 27, 2015 respectively will remain closed on account of Eid-ul-Azha.