Ban imposes on sale of substandard snacks, chips in Shangla

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The district administration Shangla on Wednesday imposed a ban the substandard foods (snacks, chips) being sold in the district and issued directives to the concerned authorities for action after a long consultation with the trader’s community in Alpuri.
On Wednesday, the Assistant commissioner, Alpuri, Naveed Ahmad told journalists after a meeting held with the trader of Alpuri and its surrounding areas where the officials from the foods department were also present.
The AC Alpuri said that after a long consultation with the traders the administration reached to the decision that there would be a complete ban on selling, production and transportation of sub-standard foods within the district, particularly of snacks, chips being consumed by children and causing their health problems.
It said the traders were agreed on the action against shopkeepers selling substandard foods items and also promised for their cooperation in this regards.
He said the local people and doctors had been complaining about the use of substandard foods being consumed children in the district and that caused infections and other illness among the children.
AC Alpuri said they came to the decisions with that those transport snacks, chips etc in the district would have a no-objection certificate from the KP foods authority.
He mentioned those shopkeepers buy food items from the dealers, suppliers must have and displayed a certificate from the foods authority at their shop otherwise the shopkeepers would be dealt with legal action.
He said they had set a deadline of 15 days for the shopkeepers, dealers and suppliers to implement this policy because there would be a strict action afterwards and regular checking.
The traders present in the meeting assured the assistant commissioner, Alpuri that they would extend their cooperation in this regards to eliminate this menace from the district which killed their children.
Meanwhile, the AC Alpuri Naveed Ahmad visited the narrow and vulnerable bridge of Alpuri with the National Highway Authority officials for the survey and beginning the work on it. The bridge connects the district with Swat and it had developed cracks last year.
The AC Alpuri later told journalists that the design had been prepared for widening and reconstructing the busy bridge and NHA would begin work on it soon to make sure safety of travelers and locals.

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