Famous superstore sealed for sale of ‘Haram’ candy in Lahore
The Punjab Halal Development Agency (PHDA) shut down a branch of a famous superstore for selling imported candy called ‘Nerds’ made from ‘haram’ ingredients.
The regulatory authority took action against Jalal Sons on the instructions of PHDA registrar Shoaib Khan Jadoon.
He said that during the raid, it was found that Nerds candy contains ‘haram’ ingredient ‘carmine color’ which was a violation of Punjab Halal Development Agency.
He said that the PHDA wasted 119 packets of Nerds grapes and strawberry Candy on the spot.
“The store will remain closed until our next order after the action,” ordered PHDA registrar.
He further said, “According to the laws of PHDA, the sale of goods containing haram ingredients is a heinous crime and our team will catch all those who are involved in this crime and they will be punished according to law.”
He stressed that, it is mandatory for food business operators to obtain Halal certificate from the concerned authority for selling imported food items in Punjab.
“Otherwise, the PHDA will not only shut down the businesses of the traders but can also confiscate the property of those who sell haram products and violate the law,” Jadoon added.
Shoaib Jadoon further said that the agency has initiated action against the superstores after meeting the deadline given to traders to stop selling products made from haram or suspect ingredients.