PFA to ban manufacturing, sale of Vanaspati Ghee by July 2020

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Staff Reporter

Lahore

The Punjab Food Authority has decided ban the manufacturing, sale and purchase of Vanaspati Ghee for its extremely hazardous effects on human body by July 2020 and to restrict quantity of Trans Fatty acids upto 0.5 percent. This was decided in a meeting Punjab Food Authority Scientific Panel. High quantity of trans-fatty acids, Palmitic acid and nickel are used in manufacturing of Banaspati Ghee as ‘Catalyst’ that may cause fatal diseases like obesity, diabetes, mental diseases, heart diseases and cancer.
In the meeting, it was decided that Trans Fatty acids will be restricted upto 0.5 percent as per “Codex Alimentarius Commission”. Within the period of three years Banaspati Ghee’s manufacturing, selling and purchasing will be completely banned uptill 2020. Speaking regarding ban, DG PFA Noor Ul Amin said, according to an estimate, annual consumption of cooking oil and ghee for each person is 18 kg in Pakistan whereas it is 3kg in Europe. By keeping in view these facts public is made aware of that Olive Oil, Soya Bean Oil, Sun Flower Oil and other vegetable oil must be consumed instead of Banaspati Ghee.
PFA Director General Noor-ul-Amin Menga said that our prime concern is to rescue the health of people of Punjab at any cost. Hence to remove any obstacle in the way of this nobles cause is our first priority.
Meanwhile, Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has sealed famous coffee point on Mehmood Kasoori Road, rewarded Rs 25000 to Hico Ice Cream Factory during raid against bigwigs of restaurants and food suppliers in posh areas of city here. Coffee point was sealed for not maintaining cleanliness arrangements in kitchen premises, presence of insects, not having a food license and other issues. While, reward was given by PFA Director General Noor-ul-Amin Mengal to Ice Cream Factory for maintaining hygienic environment.
PFA’s food safety teams under the supervision of PFA Director General Noor-ul-Amin Mengal along with Deputy Director Operations Farhan and Food Safety Officers have raided on several eateries and checked their production areas at Mahmood Kasoori Road, Gulberg 2, Multan Road, DHA and other areas of city. Raiding teams have issued fine tickets of Rs 25000 to each International Bakery and Khalid Vermicelli located at Ghalib Market and Latif Chowk Vandala Road Shahdara respectively.
PFA has issued improvement notices to 23 eateries including Second Cup Coffee, Gloria Jeans, Coffee Planet at DHA Phase 5, Malmo Sweet and Bakers at Bhobattiyan Chowk and other food points during operation. Mengal said that PFA is heading towards its dream goal of healthy Punjab by ensuring the implementation of food laws and availability of good quality food at food points. He said that PFA is not only issuing fine tickets and sealing the unhygienic premises but encouraging others eateries by rewarding them for maintaining food standards set by PFA.