Due to perilous effects of banaspati ghee, Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has come to the decision to ban the manufacture and sale of banaspati ghee by July 2020. It was further decided by the authority to regulate the quantity of trans fats (trans fatty acid) to 0.5%.
This decision was made in a meeting held on Wednesday by the Science Panel of provincial food ombudsman.
Its was observed by the panel that a high quantity of trans-fatty acids, palmitic acid and nickel were added in the manufacture of banaspati ghee which serves as a ‘catalyst’ and is the root cause of lethal diseases like obesity, diabetes, mental disease, heart diseases and cancer.
As mentioned above, Codex Alimentarius Commission standards, the expert panel decided to restrain trans-fatty acids to 0.5 per cent. Manufacturers have been given 3 years to discontinue their banaspati ghee products. They are to alter or find alternative production chains by then as such products will be banned in Punjab by 2020.
The estimated annual consumption of cooking oil and ghee for each person is around 18 kilograms in Pakistan, whereas its only three kilograms in Europe, informed by PFA Director General Noorul Amin Mengal.