PFA to ban vanaspati ghee by July 2020


Our Correspondent

LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has decided to 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 up to 0.5 per cent.
This was decided in a PFA's scientific panel. High quantity of trans-fatty acids, Palmitic acid and nickel are used in manufacturing of vanaspati 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 up to 0.5 per cent as per "Codex Alimentarius Commission". Within the period of three years, vanaspati ghee's manufacturing, selling and purchasing will be completely banned.
PFA Director General Noorul Amin said that according to an estimate, the annual consumption of cooking oil and ghee for each person was 18 kg in Pakistan whereas it was three kg in Europe. By keeping in view these facts, public is made aware of that olive oil, soya bean oil, sunflower oil and other vegetable oil must be consumed instead of vanaspati ghee.
He said their prime concern is to rescue the health of people of Punjab at any cost.