Some of Pakistan‘s most popular frozen food brands, including K&N’s, Dawn Foods, Mon Salwa, have been found to contain excessive amounts of fatal bacteria. Companies had to recall their products.
The reason behind this move was because the Punjab Food Authority (PFA) had found in their latest poultry and meat products analysis that the frozen items were found to have high quantities of Listeria Monocytogenes and other bacteria.
Listeria Monocytogenes is a foodborne bacteria which can be fatal to an individual’s health if consumes in a large quantity. The bacteria causes symptoms such as fever, flu-like symptoms, nausea, and diarrhea.
It causes an infection called Listeriosis which is responsible for an estimated 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the US and is listed as the third deadly infection to cause deaths among foodborne bacterial pathogens, with fatality rates exceeding even Salmonella spp. and Clostridium Botulinum.
PFA has also shared results from the analysis conducted which read that the products of K&N’s DeLine have failed to meet the quality standards required by the authority.
Out of 115 total samples, 84 had passed while 16 failed on quality parameters and 15 failed on safety parameters.
The products that failed include:
PFA Takes Action on Frozen Food Brands
PFA has taken action over the failure of meeting the basic standards provided by the authority.
The actions are as follows:
- Sabroso fined with Rs. 25,000
- Hamza Foods fined with Rs. 100,000
- Mon Salwa fined with Rs. 25,000
- Seasons fined with Rs. 50,000
- K&N’s fined with Rs. 75,000 + EPO
- Dawn Foods fined with Rs. 125,000
- Big Bird fined with Rs. 25,000
- Quick Foods fined with Rs. 25,000
- Sabir’s Poultry fined with Rs. 25,000
Total Fine = Rs. 475,000
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