The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered Punjab Food Authority (PFA) to kick start a crackdown on all milk plants in the province of Punjab and get milk samples tested in labs. Reports have been emerging that tetra-pack milk being manufactured by big brands contain harmful ingredients that are dangerous for human consumption.

PFA Officials told the apex court on Tuesday that samples of 30 dairy and 313 drinking water companies have been collected and sent to its laboratory for analysis.

Barrister Zafarullah Khan, who submitted the reports of Pakistan Council of Scientific Industrial Research (PCSIR) confirmed the presence of detergent and dangerous chemicals in not only loose but also tetra pack milk brands.

The report submitted to the court contains some of the well-established names in the food manufacturing industry with hefty fines being introduced to them.

Following results were revealed in the shocking report by PFA!

  • The report states that Haleeb milk contained a chemical called formalin, which is used for preserving dead bodies. 
  • As per the details, there is also sugarcane present in the UHT Haleeb Milk.
  • Heavy metal components have been found in UHT standardized milk samples of Day Fresh, Good Milk, Haleeb Milk and Nurpur.
  • Haleeb, Acha Milk, Al-Fazl Food, Doce, Al-Fajr Food are all unfit for human consumption.
  • Al-Fazl Foods which was checked on December 8 was found to have fungus and dirt at their manufacturing plant. Their license was suspended, according to the report.
  • Production of Doce Milk was stalled on December 16, and it has been given a fine of PKR 500,000.
  • Acha Milk was also fined for PKR 500,000 and its production was stopped for a week.
  • Al-Fajr milk plant has been sealed, the report said.
  • Dalda Dairies was sealed for the substandard production of its liquid whitener- Cup Shup

So far ten reports have been submitted with only PREMA Milk, been called safe as opposed to all the others which have now been labeled as unsafe for consumption.

The court has warned the counsel of different milk companies and said that no one should try to kill citizens by giving them poison in the name of milk.

What is more, the judges have directed the PFA to present the sample reports of milk and water on the next date of hearing while ordering the local commission to submit a comprehensive report after inspecting these companies in the next court session.

 The reports have created a wave of confusion amongst tetra-pack users in the nation!

What is more to develop from the tetra pack milk controversy in Pakistan? Let’s wait and watch!

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