LAHORE: Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yasin on Thursday vowed to ensure provision of quality and hygienic food to people at all cost.
“Elements involved in selling unhygienic meat or adulterated milk deserve no leniency and will be brought to account,” he added.
Speaking to media along with Director Punjab Food Control Authority Ayesha Mumtaz at 90-Shahra-e-Quaid-e-Azam, he said provision of quality eatables to people at cheaper rate would prove to be a revolutionary step which will not only promote positive approach but help production of world standard food items.
He said the Punjab Food Authority had been granted additional powers while special courts were being instituted to hold hearings of substandard meat and hygienic-related issues.
These courts, he said, would be entitled to sentence unscrupulous elements from one month to life imprisonment besides fines ranging from Rs 1 million to Rs 3 million.
Bilal said, on instructions of the Punjab chief minister,a crackdown on sellers of dead or unhygienic meat had been expedited and only on Thursday, he said, mounds of stale meat had been seized in various districts.
He said instructions had been issued to all district governments for strict implementation of laws for provision of quality food items to people.
He vowed to eliminate black sheep form society for ensuring hygienic and quality food articles to the masses.
Answering a question, the minister said laboratory test reports of sample of alleged pork meat confiscated by the Punjab Food Authority from near Railway Station would be made public.