The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has decided to put a ban on production and selling of banaspati ghee by July 2020 as it has unhealthy ingredients which may have an impact on human health.

The decision was taken by PFA’s Scientific Panel on Wednesday after the issue of the unhealthy impact of ghee was sent for consideration back in June.

During detailed analysis, the scientist discovered a massive amount of trans-fatty acids, palmitic acid and nickel, which can be the cause behind various diseases including cancer, heart diseases, mental illness, diabetes and obesity.

The use of trans-fatty acids will be limited up to 0.5% to obtain the quality of banaspati ghee according to the Codex Alimentarius Commission standards.

PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal said each person consumes around 18 kg of ghee and oil in Pakistan during a year, but the consumption rate in Europe is only 3kg.

“By keeping these facts in view, the public must be made aware of that olive oil, soybean oil, sunflower oil and other vegetable oil should be consumed instead of banaspati ghee,” Express Tribune quoted DG Mengal.



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