The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) is a regulatory body established in 2012 by the Government of Punjab, Pakistan, with the mission to ensure food safety, hygiene, and quality. Following an expansion in 2016, the PFA became operational in all districts of Punjab by 2017, solidifying its presence and authority across the province. Through rigorous enforcement, inspections, and education, the PFA aims to protect public health, prevent foodborne illnesses, and promote consumer confidence in the safety and quality of the food supply within Punjab.
Food business licensing
Conducting routine inspections of registered businesses
Carrying out anti-adulteration raids
Taking actions against counterfeit products
A sampling of food products
Facilitating the recovery of outstanding dues, such as license fees and challans
Enforcing compliance with labeling requirements
Addressing complaints from consumers and stakeholders
Organizing awareness sessions on food safety and hygiene
Engaging in dengue prevention and control activities
Establishing liaison and collaboration with other departments
This team conducts routine inspections and monitoring of food premises to ensure compliance with food safety regulations, hygiene standards, and labeling requirements with the assigned tehsil/town.
Meat Safety Team with Veterinary Specialist:
This team works at a divisional level focuses on meat safety and is equipped with a Veterinary Specialist. They conduct inspections at slaughterhouses, meat processing facilities, and meat markets, meat users in restaurants to enforce regulations and safeguard public health.
Dairy Safety Team with Dairy Technologist:
This team works at the divisional level and specializes in dairy safety. With the expertise of a Dairy Technologist, they inspect milk collection points, processing plants, and distribution centers. Their aim is to ensure compliance with safety standards, address issues like adulteration or contamination, and ensure the provision of safe dairy products.
This team operates using motorbikes to facilitate swift mobility. They conduct inspections, monitor activities, and assist in enforcing food safety regulations in specific areas or locations where quick response and mobility are essential.
Milk Safety Team:
This team focuses on milk safety. They inspect and monitor the quality of milk at various stages, including milk collection points, processing plants, and distribution centers. Their goal is to ensure compliance with safety standards and provide safe and uncontaminated milk products to consumers.
Composition of Team:
Each team consists of 1 Food Safety Officer (FSO) or veterinary specialist responsible for meat inspections or a dairy specialist responsible for milk inspections.
These team leads are supported by 2 Assistant Food Safety Officers (AFSOs) who assist in conducting inspections and taking evidence.The teams also include supporting staff such as Naib Qasid (N.Q) and security guards to provide assistance and maintain security during inspections. Additionally, a Computer Operator or Junior Computer Operator is allocated to the town who manages and handles the inspection data, ensuring proper documentation and record-keeping.