During a crackdown against substandard cooking oils, Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has declared various of the brands unsafe and unfit for consumption.
According to a public notice issued by the authority, the brands were declared unfit because of the absence of Vitamin A and rancidity, artificial flavour addition and other acid values.
“It is informed to the public that recently Punjab Food Authority conducted a survey and took samples of cooking oil and ghee for testing purpose and as a result of lab reports, the following products were found substandard due to absence of Vitamin A and low saponification value”
Other brands are: Sufi Sunflower Cooking Oil, Soya Supreme Banaspati, Olio Premium Canola Oil, Momin Cooking Oil/Banaspati, Mayar Banaspati, Season Banaspati, Sundrop Cooking Oil, Tullo Banaspati/Cooking Oil, Salovi Spanish Olive Oil, Maan Banaspati, Naaz Banaspati, Kisaan Vegetable Ghee, Malta Banaspati.
After the declaration by PFA, the concerned manufacturers have went on an indefinite strike period across the country, stopping production of their units and suspending supply throughout Pakistan.
There is no estimation when the strike may end since neither of the two; PFA and the Association have contacted each other so far to sit together and resolve the issue.