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Over the weekend, Sindh Food Authority (SFA) did a quality inspection of Boat Basin restaurants in Clifton.
Over 2 dozen eateries were raided out of which 2 were sealed and 12 fined for poor quality. SFA Director Abrar gave management 15 days to improve the conditions and hygiene standard.
If SFA’s suggestions are not implemented by the given deadline, strict action will be taken against them, even leading to permanent shutdown.
During the raid, SFA team not only inspected the overall hygiene conditions of the restaurants but also checked the raw material used in food preparation – SFA director
The restaurants were serving rotten meat and the freezers in which the meat was stored were also in poor condition. Our team has confiscated the meat and has issued a warning to the culprits
SFA officials also disclosed that the sealed Boat Basin restaurants were using sub-substandard oil, spices, and materials. Nonetheless, they failed to provide any receipts for those items.
A shocking revelation came forth after Sindh Food Authority (SFA) raided a popular seafood restaurant in Karachi, Yadgar Fish.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Yadgar Fish had come under the limelight for an unhygienic kitchen, usage of unhealthy fish, and unacceptable working conditions.
The restaurant was given the notice to improve their current standards else strict action will be taken.
All Pakistan Restaurant Association (APRA) also became a target for supporting the restaurant, claiming that there will be no raids nor fines.
Nonetheless, SFA went ahead with a second raid to expose the intolerable conditions of the kitchen and storeroom.
Abb Takk’s Khufia team covered the entire operation along with Sana Faisal. The episode starts with Deputy Director Mr. Mazhar who shares that despite sending a notice to the eatery, they failed to register themselves and improve their quality. Complaints have been pouring in till date from consumers.
From the cooking utensils to the conditions of their freezers, containers, and the fish itself, each site was shocking.
Flies and bugs were having a party of their own, the fish meat was found infected with black spots and containers with chutney were recovered from restrooms!
The SFA officials also recovered a batch of old fish, pointing out that such meat is harmful to consume as it has high traces of ammonia which hits directly at a human’s nervous system, causing irreversible damage.
An open sewage hole was also found with serving utensils nearby infested with cockroach eggs. Fungus-infected bread slices used to make breadcrumbs were also recovered during the raid.
Yadgar Fish was fined for Rs 15,000 as the owner admitted the negligence. If they still overlook the conditions, the eatery will be sealed as the consequence.