Pun­jab Food Author­ity de­cides to ban Banas­pati ghee pro­duc­tion, sale till 2020

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LA­HORE: The Pun­jab Food Author­ity (PFA) has de­cided to im­pose ban on the pro­duc­tion and sale of Banas­pati ghee till July 2020 ow­ing to its harm­ful ef­fects on the hu­man body.

It was de­cided in the meet­ing con­vened by the PFA on Thurs­day re­gard­ing the haz­ardous ef­fects of Banas­pati ghee. Food and med­i­cal ex­perts also at­tended the meet­ing.

The Sci­en­tific Panel of the pro­vin­cial food watch­dog re­vealed that a high quan­tity of trans-fatty acids, palmitic acid and nickel were used in man­u­fac­tur­ing of Banas­pati ghee and may cause fa­tal af­fects on the lives of the peo­ple. They were of the view that haz­ardous sub­stances in Banas­pati ghee may cause cancer in­clud­ing other dis­eases like obe- sity, di­a­betes, men­tal dis­eases, and heart dis­eases.

The author­ity has given ap­proval of three years for al­ter­na­tive pro­duc­tion to Banas­pati ghee man­u­fac­tur­ers af­ter that man­u­fac­tur­ing of Banas­pati ghee will be com­pletely ban by 2020 in Pun­jab.

The ex­pert panel has also de­cided to re­strict trans- fatty acids up to 0.5 per cent.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral PFA Noorul Amin Men­gal said ac­cord­ing to an es­ti­mate an­nual con­sump­tion of cook­ing oil and ghee for each per­son is around 18 kilo­grammes in Pak­istan, whereas it is merely three kilo­grammes in Europe.

He em­pha­sized that the pub­lic must use olive oil, soy­bean oil, sun­flower oil and other veg­etable oil in­stead of banas­pati ghee.”

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